Big Picture Pleases Blues' Boss

Big Picture Pleases Blues' Boss

By Pete Oliver
28 October
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In-form Blues grab the chance to climb table as winning run goes on


Phil Brown was delighted to see his side seize the moment as they climbed to second place in the league table.

With just a third of the season gone, it’s still feet on the ground at Shawbridge.

But with the Blues’ local derby against Ramsbottom the only game to go ahead in the BetVictor North West Division last Saturday, Brown’s in-form side took the chance to move within a point of leaders Workington Town with a fourth straight league win.

“We’re not getting carried away and it’s very much one game at a time. But sometimes you can look at in a bigger way and Saturday was one of those times,” said Brown.

“We wanted to maintain the run and we wanted to win at home again because we knew there was an opportunity to get some points on the board other teams couldn’t – whether that was because of the weather or the FA Trophy.

“It’s great that we did that. There’s a long way to go but I’m glad we’re in and around it. The lads can see what winning does in terms of league positions.

“There’s a bit of buoyancy in the camp and the lads believe they can win any game they go into. Winning breeds winning.”

The Blues lost 2-0 at Ramsbottom in September but turned things around as goals from Jacob Gregory and substitute Charlie Mulgrew secured a 2-1 win in front of another superb attendance of 352.

Brown was full of praise for the crowd and a performance which stretched the unbeaten home run to four league games.

“We played really well,” added the Blues’ boss, whose side is back at Shawbridge for four of their next five league games.

“We scored a really good goal to go in front and should have been more than 1-0 up at half time.

“We gifted them an equaliser and Ramsbottom are a good side who pus us under pressure at times.

“But we scored another really good team goal to go back in front and we had plenty of other chances.

“If I’m being critical, we should be scoring more and winning by more than the odd goal at times.

“But we look more settled and we’re playing with a lot more fluency, which is pleasing.”

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