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Brown excited for potential home debut against Hartlepool

2 February 2023

James Brown is relishing the prospect of making his first appearance for Rovers at the Eco-Power Stadium as Hartlepool United visit this weekend.

The wing back was sent on at half time in last weekend’s defeat at Mansfield Town and impressed as Rovers threatened a comeback in the early stages of the second period.

And he could be handed his first start against Pools on Saturday - a game he heads into with a determination to expand on the positives shown in the second half at Mansfield.

Brown on being ready to hit the ground running for Rovers:

“I played more than 20 games for Stockport and when I went back to Blackburn I was playing U23 games to stay fit.

“I’m feeling ready and sharp. I’m ready to rock.”

On his role:

“With the back five, you have that support behind you. Tom Anderson is in there and he has plenty of games under his belt.

“You need to deliver at both ends - and that showed at the weekend. There were plenty of goals in the game and we could have defended those situations better.

“It’s massively important at both ends. If you’re a wing back, covering the whole wing is your responsibility and there is the pressure to create chances. But when you’ve got players around you, providing that support, it makes it a lot easier.”

On messages from head coach Danny Schofield:

“He doesn’t really single people out, it’s about the collective here. He’s a team man and everyone is involved here. We all know what we have to do - get the fundamentals right and listen to what he says.

“He got a good reaction out of us at half time. That was my first game experience with him and I thought it was positive. We were off to a flyer at the start of the second half.”

On last weekend’s defeat at Mansfield:

“It was tough. The first 30 second killed us and set the tone. The second half, the half I played in, I felt really good and it felt like the lads really wanted it. The first 15 or 20 minutes, we were flying and I thought we were going to win the game to be honest with you.

“The third goal killed us by that is Mansfield, they’re a good team, they hang in there and if they get a chance they take it.

“There were positives to take out of the game. And there’s plenty of games left.”

On facing Hartlepool:

“The first 15 or 20 minutes of the second half at Mansfield - if we play like that then we’ll cause problems for any team. We just need to start and finish the game better.

“We’ve had a look back on last weekend and we’ve gone over the areas that we need to put right.

“We owe the supporters a result. We only gave them 20 minutes of joy last weekend so we owe them.”

On the prospect of making his home debut:

“I’m looking forward to it. It’s a nice stadium and I’m looking forward to seeing more of the fans there.”

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