Cheltenham Town: Brown's busiest game since school days
SCOTT Brown said he was busier in Cheltenham Town's 4-1 defeat at Rochdale on Friday night than at any other time since his school football days.
The Robins goalkeeper said he could take very little pleasure from a series of miraculous saves as he kept the score down with some superb saves.
He was offered very little protection from his team-mates and ended up picking the ball out of his net four times at Spotland.
Brown said the players owe boss Mark Yates a performance in their home match against Wycombe Wanderers on Boxing Day (3pm).
Gents, come in to Earl's & Co and enjoy a haircut and finish, glass of whisky and a shoeshine for £18.50
Terms: Later and earlier appointments available upon request
Contact: 01242 504887
Valid until: Tuesday, December 31 2013
While Yates called his squad in for extra training yesterday, Brown was given the day off, described by his manager as the only player who had earned his wages at Spotland.
Brown said he had never seen Yates more angry than he was after the final whistle.
"It's a very strange one to take because it's nice to make saves, but I have let in four and we have got nothing from the game so I can't take much pleasure from it," Brown said.
"We lost and places like Rochdale are tricky, but they are where promotions are won and we didn't do it on Friday night
"We couldn't cope with them, we couldn't stick with the runners and we were fortunate to be only 2-0 down at half-time.
"We came out and gave it a go but they had more chances and it's a hard one to put your finger on why it happened, but I don't think I've had that much to do in a game since I was at school."
Brown said that Cheltenham had hoped to take advantage of Rochdale's commitment to attacking football, but they failed to cope with centre forward Dele Adebola and wide men Bobby Grant and Ashley Grimes.
"They committed themselves in attack and we couldn't capitalise on the break," he said.
"They leave three lads up front and gamble on the flick-ons from Adebola and it came off for them against us.
"I don't think I've seen the gaffer that angry before and he had every right because we just didn't turn up.
"We owe him big performances against Wycombe and Bristol Rovers (on Saturday) in two fairly local derby matches now."