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REACTION: Gaffer Pleased With Supermarine Exercise

Phil Brown Discusses Win

28 July 2018

Town Boss Phil Brown spoke to the local press after seeing his side beat Swindon Supermarine 4-1 in a pre-season friendly on Friday night.

Here are the key points from what he had to say...

ON THE PERFORMANCE:

"It is a lot to do with fitness and I harp on in pre-season about fitness levels and that results don't really matter.

"If we would have lost this game then it would have mattered to me because you are looking for that winning edge, that cutting edge coming into the final week.

"We've got a game arranged against QPR on Tuesday now and, with no disrespect to Swindon Supermarine, we should be beating them.

"We should be coming on with quality in the second-half, but the fitness levels of the players really came through in the end. 

"It is the first time I've witnessed what Michael Doughty can do on the field of play and it is nice to be on the same side as Michael because he can play.

"We've got good competition for numbers in midfield but we still need one or two defenders - I'm still a couple short.

"The win tonight is a good sign and another good performance on Tuesday will set us up nicely for the Macclesfield game - that is all I'm bothered about now."

ON MARC-ANTOINE FORTUNE:

"I would (like to get a deal done).

"The Chairman isn't here but he's well impressed with the pedigree of the player, but we just wanted to have a look at the fitness levels.

"He hasn't been working with anybody, he was promised a deal at Southend that didn't happen so he's an angry man at the moment.

"He is such a professional. He conducts himself impecabbly off the field of play and a lot of the young lads can look at him and learn from him, whether he is playing or not.

"I think he's a good person to have around and a good player to have around.

"He did fantastic for me at Southend and I would like to get him on board."

ON SCOTT TWINE'S PERFORMANCE:

"I witnessed something last week when I didn't put him on against Portsmouth and he was angry, so I said to him that anger is an energy and you just need to learn to control that as a young man.

"You need to understand what the manager is trying to get out of you, understand what the coaching staff is trying to get out of you and understand that you've got Marc Richards who can teach him how to play the game.

"He's a little bit different from him because he's not an out-and-out number nine and there is lots to like about him.

"When he missed that penalty I told him to get the next opportunity and he scored a great goal with his head.

"He then got himself a trademark one and he just proved to me that he's good enough to be in the starting line-up. 

"That's how impressed I am with Scott Twine."


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