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Brown: "The reaction we showed was quality."

27 August 2018

Reds youngster Jacob Brown made his first appearance of the season on Saturday, making a terrific impact from the bench as Barnsley salvaged a point at Scunthorpe United in Sky Bet League One.

Having had to sit and watch his teammates kick off the 2018/19 campaign in fine fashion so far thanks to an injury picked up during the latter stages of pre-season, Brown finally got himself involved on Saturday, coming off the subs bench to good effect as the Reds grabbed a point in North Lincolnshire.

Sent on by Head Coach, Daniel Stendel in the second half, Jacob felt he did well playing out wide and explained his thinking once he took to the field with the Reds 2-1 down at that point.

"Every time I got on the ball I tried to drive us forward," he told us.

"When coming on like that as a substitute you just want to make an impact. 

"I feel like I did that. 

"I concentrated on getting wide, stretching them and then getting it out of my feet and crossing it in. One or two crosses weren't what I was aiming for but a few were good so I'll take it. 

"All in all I think I did alright."

The game looked beyond Barnsley when the home side doubled their first half lead thanks to a Cameron Burgess header early in the second period.

Brown told us that the players knew it was never going to be an easy fixture.

He said: "After the game that Scunthorpe had during the week and what went off with the manager we knew it was going to be tough coming into this game. 

"And to find yourself 2-0 down, it is hard but the reaction we showed was quality and going into the changing room after the match it didn't feel like we'd just grabbed a point because all the lads just want to win every game.

"I think that and the performance itself shows just how much everyone wants it."

The Academy product feels happy to be back in the first team picture following his untimely injury.

He described the football and atmosphere among Stendel's squad as positive and is grateful to have an opportunity to stake a claim for a regular start under the new management.

"The way we are playing now is just really positive all the time.

"Even when we went behind in this game we didn't change the way we play, we just carried on but added more energy in that second half. 

"The new gaffer isn't afraid to give anyone an opportunity no matter their age. 

"You've seen in the first few weeks that Victor (Adeboyejo) has got his chance as well. Just because we're young it doesn't matter here. 

"It's been harder for me because I've been out injured for a few weeks but I knew if I came back and worked hard in training that I'd get my opportunity and I feel like I've done myself no harm with my performance in this game."


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