Right answer for getting best out of Pompey left-back

Lee Brown struck up an instant rapport with Kyle Bennett.

Pompey left-back Lee Brown Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey left-back Lee Brown Picture: Joe Pepler

Now the Pompey newcomer is hoping to establish another productive left-sided partnership with midfield right-footers.

And it's a combination which Brown believes can bring the best out of his attacking capabilities.

For two-and-a-half seasons the right-footed Bennett occupied the Blues' left flank, with largely excellent results.

Pompey left-back Lee Brown Picture: Joe Pepler

Then,  in January, the former Doncaster man made the switch to Bristol Rovers, where he encountered Brown.

It was an association which proved brief, with the left-back moving to Fratton Park on a two-year deal in June.

Brown now has right-footers Ronan Curtis or Louis Dennis in front of him down his favoured side '“ and he is convinced it's a blend which benefits his own game.

He said: '˜Kyle's a great character and he suited me quite well, we did well together in our six months there.

Kyle Bennett, centre, is now with Bristol Rovers

'˜He needs an attacking full-back behind him, there's no question, and because I like to get forward it suited him and it suited me, to be honest.

'˜Any right-footer playing left  wing always wants to come inside and it's the same with Ronan (Curtis). He is right-footed and always wants to go inside, so leaves that space for me to venture into.

'˜I enjoy that part of the game a lot, getting forward is what I'm all about.

'˜Sometimes you can play with wingers who are left-footed and want to go on the outside,  so, for me as an attacking full-back, that kills that space where I want to run into.

'˜People like Kyle Bennett, Ronan Curtis and Louis Dennis are right-footed and all want to come inside, which is ideal.

'˜Hopefully,  we can form the same sort of partnership here.'

Bennett made 117 appearances and scored 13 times during his Pompey days. 

Now the 27-year-old is impressing at Rovers, with three goals in 17 outings so far. 

Brown added: '˜Under Pompey's previous manager, Kyle was highly thought of, that's how it goes .

'˜Football is full of opinions and that is why we love the game - there are thousands of managers on a Saturday all over the country!

'˜You might not be someone's cup of tea, but you are someone else's treasure.'