Chris Brown spoke to Rovers Player after Rovers’ victory over Notts County on Saturday and revealed that manager Dean Saunders, before the Brentford game, had challenged the team to go out and pick up maximum points against three of the toughest opponents they will come up against this season.
‘The gaffer said that they [Notts County] had been struggling in the last five games at home and they hadn’t picked up a win, and if we hung in there for twenty minutes the crowd might turn on them.
‘In the first half we were quite comfortable, although they did look dangerous from wide free kicks. We went in at half time quite satisfied and were positive that we could go out in the second half and start well; which we did.
'The early goal from Keegs [Paul Keegan] settled us down a little bit and we went from strength to strength after that.’
Brown, who got on the score sheet in the game, revealed he is enjoying the part he is playing in the team, and admitted that the team have to take confidence after three wins on the bounce.
‘It goes with the territory playing upfront; you have got to make the ball stick and bring others into play. I had some good balls played into me from Tommy Spurr and Hubby [James Husband] so it was a good game to play in.
‘I’ve recently had a run of games, which is something that I haven’t had in a while; I’ve just got to keep going now. Billy [Paynter] has got four goals now, Humey has got a few, as has Cotts [David Cotterill]. People were saying that we don’t score enough goals but I think we are starting to do that now.
‘We’ve got to take confidence from the last three results.
‘The gaffer said to us before Brentford, last week, that it was a big week for us. We had the chance to get nine points by the end of it. We have done that now after putting in some workman-like performances and have come away with three great wins.
‘We’ve got a great set of lads here who work hard on the training pitch, in the gym and on a Saturday afternoon. We’re all sticking together, working for each other and that pays off when you have your backs to the wall and the pressure is on you - you’re willing to put your body on the line for the team.’