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REACTION: Brown Elated With First Town Victory

New Gaffer Enjoyed Debut Win

17 March 2018

New Swindon Town Boss Phil Brown spoke to the local press after seeing his team beat Cambridge United 3-1 in his first game in charge earlier today.

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

ON THE RESULT AND PERFORMANCE:

"The finishing was first class for me today.

"The commitment impressed me too.

"I've bled Matty Taylor dry this week, I've sucked everything out of him, I took every bit of information that he gave me about every individual and I more or less used it for my team selection.

"He could relax and play his game today, that's what he did and that second goal summed Matty Taylor up and it sums Marc Richards up as well.

"They led the attitude and the rest followed. To a man everyone followed, the subs as well and they played their part today as well.

"Everything about today was first class - the only downside was the goal.

"It is about having that clean sheet mentality and the goal just made it that little bit closer, that little bit more nervous, that little bit more exciting and the third goal came at the right time."

ON TACTICS:

"It looked like they took all the information in.

"We knew that Cambridge try to play and they like to get the ball in to the two strikers.

"They played with a diamond so the midfield four had to be alert, they had to be narrow and when we got the ball we had space to exploit.

"It was a case of round pegs in round holes today.

"I asked the players to keep hold of the shirt and the majority of them did."

ON MATTY TAYLOR:

"Matty Taylor has played at the highest level. Age does catch up with you eventually but his enthusiasm is infectious and it has been brilliant for me and it has been brilliant for the team.

"I said to the players that I was dedicating the three points to Matty Taylor because of the amount of work he has put in over the last two weeks.

"We owe it to him, they couldn't give it to him last week but they gave it to him today and they wore the shirt with pride and they wore the badge with pride."

ON LUKE NORRIS:

"He's gone over on his ankle - it was a loose surface.

"I'm praying for the best.

"He's a big, strong boy and he's the type of player I wouldn't want to play against.

"Luke and Marc Richards are forming a decent partnership and I'm just thanking the gods that I've got the opportunity to work with them.

"There are three or four players behind them that are pushing them so they've got to score goals, they've got to work hard and they've got to play well to keep the shirt.

"That's what they've done today."


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