Portsmouth’s Brown gunning to banish Scunthorpe United hoodoo

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Lee Brown has earmarked conquering Glanford Park to finally banish Pompey’s wretched record.

The Blues have collected just one point from their four visits to the home of Scunthorpe since it opened in August 1988.

Lee Brown is aiming to banish Pompey's dreadful record at the home of Scunthorpe United. Picture Daniel Chesterton/phcimages.com

Lee Brown is aiming to banish Pompey's dreadful record at the home of Scunthorpe United. Picture Daniel Chesterton/phcimages.com

Overall, the Blues’ last Lincolnshire win against the Iron was a 2-1 triumph in March 1963 – at the Old Showground in an FA Cup third-round replay.

Brown himself has never won at Glanford Park, with one point from three previous visits with former club Bristol Rovers.

But the left-back is determined to overcome that hoodoo as Pompey seek to strengthen their grip on League One’s top spot.

He said: ‘It’s a tough place to go.

‘But there’s an extra little carrot dangled considering Portsmouth have never won there – can we be the team which does it?

‘This time last year Scunthorpe were at the top end of the table and ultimately only just about made the play-offs, that’s what I mean by not getting too carried away, too early. That’s how things change.

‘They were flying last year, probably in a similar position we are now, it is a tough place to go, always has been, always will be.

‘Obviously Portsmouth don’t like going there, hopefully we can change that, though.’

Scunthorpe are positioned in 17th, having conceded the second-highest amount of goals (38) in the top four divisions.

Yet Brown remains wary of the threat Stuart McCall’s side pose.

He added: ‘On any given day anyone can beat anyone and if we are not right on our game anyone can beat us.

‘There are no two ways about that, we have to be right on it.

‘It doesn’t matter if you’ve got all the quality in the world, if you are not at it you are going to get turned over. You see it every year in the FA Cup, if you are not at it you will get punished, especially in League One.

‘To be unbeaten at this stage is a fantastic achievement, but the real achievement we want is success at the end of the season.

‘It’s all right getting these accolades now, but the real accolades are at the business end.’