Lee Brown pledges to keep on attacking for Portsmouth despite Doncaster misfortune

Lee Brown has vowed to keep on attacking – despite ruthless Doncaster punishing his Pompey positivity.

Monday, 19th October 2020, 6:30 am
Lee Brown reflected on being caught on the front foot as Doncaster counter-attacked to grab a Fratton Park winner

The decisive moment emanated down the Blues’ left, with Brown out of position.

With 11 minutes remaining, the left-back had overlapped Marcus Harness to try to generate an attack and break the deadlock.

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However, when Harness lost possession and the move broke down, Brown was stranded upfield.

Ben Whiteman fed substitute Josh Sims down Rovers’ right and he crossed for James, who produced a smart swivelling finish.

It was agony for Pompey – and Brown in particular – as Darren Moore’s men ruthlessly capitalised.

The defender told The News: ‘If Marcus sidesteps him then we are on the counter and probably score at their end.

‘It’s a bit of give and take. You have to try to gamble sometimes or stick. Unfortunately we gambled and came unstuck a bit.

‘Sometimes we cut them out, sometimes we don’t, unfortunately today we didn’t.

‘Is it a bit my fault? Could be, yes. But we are at home and sometimes you have to take that gamble a little.

‘On a different day, Marcus sidesteps him, slides me in and we are in and in business.

‘It just wasn’t to be. They cut it out, went on and were clinical. So fair play.

‘When it’s down your side, the gaffer is encouraging the full-backs to get forward, so if it’s there to get around the winger I will definitely try to do it, even if it’s at a late stage.

‘I am always going to try to get around my winger, especially when we are at home and on top in a game.

‘We just have to stick to our philosophy and what we are trying to do.’

In a match of few goal-scoring opportunities, that 79th-minute incident proved pivotal.

Certainly both defences were comfortably in control, with neither side convincing in their creativity.

Brown added: ‘They sort of cheated in that he didn’t track me and when they broke it up played him in.

‘It’s give and take as a full-back, you have to lose your man, but if you lose it you are vulnerable.

‘You’ve just got to keep going until the next game.’

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