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Brown: We’re In This Together

Defender says Pompey are staying humble ahead of Burton test

23 October 2018

Lee Brown
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey could perhaps be forgiven for approaching their League One fixtures with a confident swagger.

They currently sit top of the table after the opening 14 games, having suffered just a single defeat so far.

Burton visit Fratton Park on Tuesday evening, as the Blues look to maintain – or even grow – their six-point lead at the summit.

But Lee Brown insists that nobody is about to start getting carried away with so many matches still to play.

The left-back said: “We’re naturally a humble group and most of us have been in the game long enough to know it doesn’t mean anything in October. There’s still a long, long way to go.

“But everyone’s in it together – players and staff – and there’s a lot of work gone into what we’ve done so far.

"We’re naturally a humble group and most of us have been in the game long enough to know it doesn’t mean anything in October."

Lee Brown

“Every point that we’ve pick up has been extremely hard earned and we certainly don’t take anything for granted.

“Burton have just come down from the Championship and have kept the basis of that team, although we were able to nick Tom Naylor. We know they’ll be tough to beat.”

Pompey beat Fleetwood 1-0 on home soil at the weekend and Brown knows the importance of keeping clean sheets.

He said: “It’s the basis of everything we do and something that the manager’s been really massive on.

“That’s the way it should be because if the forwards only have to score one goal, then we’ve always got a real chance.”

Oli Hawkins grabbed the winning goal early in the second half and Brown believes he is a key member of the side.

He said: “Everyone knows what he brings to the team – he’s six foot four and a real handful for defenders.

“He’s been doing well this season and if you’re keeping someone like Brett Pitman out of the side, then you must be doing something right.”

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