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Brown was full of praise for his players in what he called a ‘gritty’ performance.

8 September 2018

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Ten-man Town were victorious on the road for the first time this season as Elijah Adebayo's goal was enough to see off Morecambe, after Kyle Knoyle was sent off.

Phil Brown spoke of the desire and character of his team, in particular Sid Nelson and Luke Woolfenden, as they had to grind out three points with just ten men for most of the game.

His squad was made up of several young players who were vital in the first away win of the season.

“I trust these players more than I’ve trusted a group in a very long time and they’re repaying us with performance like that. It was a gritty performance – a hard-working performance.

“I’m delighted for the younger lads – Ellis Iandolo had a spell replacing Steven Alzate, and Elijah Adebayo too but the young lads at the back, that’s who I’m delighted for.

“It’s about both – 50/50 – organisation and desire. The desire to get over the line and to put your bodies on the line is something that we need.”

The win but also the manner of it delighted the Gaffer, who said that Kyle Knoyle’s red card changed the game for both teams.

 “Three points with a clean sheet – that kind of mentality (is the most pleasing thing). I took a real chance on the two young lads playing centre-back which was upset by the red card.

“It wasn’t just a case of seeing it through because we probably had the best chances of the game before and after we scored. They were a decent side – we knew it was going to be difficult but I think the red card upset them (Morecambe) as well.

“They were playing decent football but all of a sudden they started dithering on the ball – Jim (Bentley) was shouting “two, three touches” but they were taking four or five.”

Brown spoke of his pleasure at being able to send the 292 travelling fans home with all three points.

“I’m delighted for the travelling fans – it’s great to see so many of them come all the way up here. It was five hours yesterday to get here and I’d imagine five hours today for them and the players have rewarded them with a solid strong performance.”


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