Junior reborn as Town’s senior goal-grabber

Junior Brown
Junior Brown

TOP scorer Junior Brown is confident Fleetwood Town can put a tricky month behind them and rebuild their promotion campaign.

Brown netted his eighth of the season at Gillingham on Saturday, when Graham Alexander’s men earned a point against the league leaders, having led 2-0.

It was new boss Alexander’s second draw as Town boss and 23-year-old Brown said: “It’s been a difficult period, with everything that has gone on behind the scenes and the little dip in form we have had.

“But the lads were always going to stick together, no matter who came in, what their philosophy was or what they had in mind.

“We’re a close knit group and we were going to work hard for whoever came in.

“We took that on to the pitch at Gillingham.

“Against the better sides we seem to put in good performances. So hopefully, with the right attitude and determination, we can keep it going over the festive period and pick up more points.”

Town are without a win in five games, but Brown knows only too well the narrow margin between one point and three – he had a late chance to bag victory for Fleetwood at Priestfield chalked off by an offside flag.

He added: “Steven Gillespie’s had a great chance which didn’t go in, and they’ve gone to the other end and scored

“That’s just how fine the line is between winning and not winning.

“I had a goal disallowed. On another day it might have been given and we’d have won the game, but that’s football.”

Fleetwood made a superb start against the Gills, scoring twice in the opening half-hour, and Brown felt the players were determined to show their worth.

He said: “We did start well against Gillingham, but the lads had a point to prove given what has happened in the last few weeks.

“We pushed hard, pressed hard and worked as a unit.

“We’ve disappointed the fans in the last few weeks, so it’s pleasing to get out and perform the way we did.

“Now we need to just push on, get the results we need and put ourselves back in the chase.

“We need to show the fans just what we can do, and that means keeping doing what we did on Saturday.”

Despite conceding just before the break and again midway through the second half, the winger believes Fleetwood showed plenty of character.

He said: “You concede at the time we did and it’s difficult.

“If we’d have made it through to half-time, maybe it would have been a different story.

“But we knew what they were going to throw at us, and for the majority of the game we dealt with it.

“It was pleasing to go out there and battle the way we did and still create chances.

“We just need to keep that momentum going and kick on up the league.”

“We’ll take the confidence from this game into the trip to Oxford on Saturday.

“We’ll work hard over the coming week and go there with the impetus to win.

“At this time of year, a couple of wins can kick you up the league, and that’s exactly what we’ll be aiming to do.”

One thing Brown has yet to come to terms with is his new goalscoring status.

Having played at full-back for much of last season, he said: “People keep telling me I’m the club’s top scorer and I have to laugh.

“I just seem to keep getting on the scoresheet and that can only benefit the rest of the lads and the team.”

One man who has certainly spotted Brown’s eye for goal is new manager Graham Alexander.

He said: “I’d heard all about Junior before I came here. Looking at the stats he’s obviously the top scorer.

“We want to get him into dangerous positions, so he can be positive, take shots, get crosses in and get into good areas. Against Gillingham he did all that.”