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Brown Hails Blues' Character

Defender's delight at Sunderland display

3 October 2021

Lee Brown celebrates scoring for Pompey against Sunderland at Fratton Park
Photo: Jason Brown

Lee Brown faced up to the media following Pompey’s poor performance at Burton during the week.

The stand-in skipper demanded a show of character from the side when table-topping Sunderland visited the south coast a few days later.

And that is exactly what was displayed, as the Blues roared back to winning ways in scintillating style.

Brown doubled their lead after Marcus Harness’ opener, with a John Marquis brace completing a thumping 4-0 victory.

And the defender knows that Pompey cannot afford to rest on their laurels after such an impressive showing.

He said: “That result was so important for us, particularly after what happened at Burton on the previous Tuesday.

“We put in a performance that totally warranted the scoreline and the boys showed plenty of character.

“If we hadn’t done that, then we could have gone under against a side that were top of the league and coming down to Fratton Park on a great run of form.

“We had to stand up and be counted and – to a man – that’s exactly what we did to get the three points.

"It’s all very well doing it for one game – we’ve got to find that level on a consistent basis. We can’t get too carried away."

Lee Brown

“The boys that started, those who came on and the guys in the dressing room beforehand – we all contributed.

“But it’s all very well doing it for one game – we’ve got to find that level on a consistent basis. We can’t get too carried away.

“It’s important now that we just take matches one at a time and don’t look too far ahead of ourselves.

“We’ve got a little break because of the internationals and when we play again, we’ll just try to win that game.”

Brown only netted once in his first two-and-a-half seasons at Pompey, but has struck five times since Danny Cowley’s arrival back in March.

He took his tally for the current campaign to three goals with a confident right-footed finish in torrential rain.

Brown said: “They’re going to dry up sooner or later! It’s always nice to score, though, and so I was delighted.

“Those conditions were terrible. It was awful out there and, to be fair to him, the referee managed it perfectly

“He would have been under a bit of pressure to call it off, although I’m not sure he’d have made it to his car if he did that!”

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