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"It's a tough place to go, the club itself is a footballing club, they have a certain identity"

Troy Brown looks ahead to the trip to Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday night

19 February 2018

Exeter City defender Troy Brown is anticipating a tough match away from home against Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday night as the Grecians look to get back to winning ways.

The Grecians were beaten 1-0 by Mansfield Town at St James Park last time out but they don’t have long to wait until their next game as they come up against a Crewe side who will be buoyed by their win over Colchester United last weekend.

On the trip to face David Artell’s side, Brown said: “It’s a tough place to go, the club itself is a footballing club, they have a certain identity, so it will be tough. Every game is hard because you never know what you’re going to get, but we will go there focused and hoping to bring all three points back.”

Brown made his return from a long injury layoff on Saturday, but after overcoming his knee problem he revealed that he had come through the match well against Mansfield and is looking to kick on for the rest of the season.

He continued: “Despite the result, I’m fairly upbeat. After being out for so long it’s nice to come back and come through the match unscathed, and now I can look to build on my appearances.

“It was 12 weeks in total and I went to every game, so that was tough in itself, watching the boys and not being a part of it. It’s good to be back fit and playing.”

With City having slipped to eighth in the league table following Saturday’s defeat, Brown was quick to highlight there are many more matches to be played and things can turn around quickly in a very tight League Two table, especially with the Grecians holding games in hand on many of their promotion rivals.

He said: “The boys were disappointed not to get a result, especially at home as we’ve built it up to be such a fortress this season.

“We aren’t too downbeat because there’s another game tomorrow and another game on Saturday. If we win that then, you know what football is like, the table can change. That’s what we will look to do.”

The Grecians have had a number of changes to central defence of late with the likes of Troy Archibald-Henville, Dan Seaborne, Jordan Storey and Dean Moxey all playing in the role as injuries took their toll on the squad. However, with captain Jordan Moore-Taylor having now recovered from injury alongside Brown, the City number 39 is keen to have a settled defence.

He continued: “Personally, I want to remain in the team for the rest of the season as I missed 12 weeks. It’s nice to play with Jordan again because we have struck up a good partnership over the time that I’ve been here, so hopefully we can build on that and get some clean sheets.”

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