Lancaster City boss pleased but insists there’s still room for improvement

Lancaster City boss Phil Brown. Picture: Tony North
Lancaster City boss Phil Brown. Picture: Tony North

Phil Brown is pleased with the progress of his Lancaster City squad but insists there’s still plenty of room for improvement.

After seeing Saturday’s home game against Burscough called off due to the wet weather The Dolly Blues came out on the right side of a seven-goal thriller with AFC Darwen in the Lancashire Challenge Trophy.

City next face back-to-back derbies at Bamber Bridge first in the Evo-Stik First Division North on Saturday before the Integro Doodson League Cup tie on Tuesday night, November 17.

Brown said: “I’m fairly pleased with the progress we’re making.

“Whether that be in terms of what we’ve got in the dressing room or the three wins and a draw from seven games.

“We’ve still got a long way to go though because I’ve got high expectations.

“There’s plenty of work to do yet.”

The improvements have been in part down to a more settled squad with merry-go-round of Brown’s first few weeks in charge seeming to have calmed.

The City chief said: “The squad is more settled.

“I’ve been able to look at 18 or 19 players rather than the 13 or 14 during the first few weeks of my tenure.

“We stronger as a group. I wanted more strength in depth and all five of the lads who were on the bench on Tuesday night could have started.

“Rob Henry also played his first 90 minutes and it’s a massive boost for the group and for Rob.”

Brown was impressed with what he saw from North West Counties side Darwen but was pleased with his side’s character.

He said: “I can’t take anything away from them but I’ve got to credit my lads too.

“We lost our way a little bit but we refocused, got our composure back and with a great goal from Charlie Russell and a late winner we got the win.

“I’m happy with how we responded.”

City are one place above Brig in 12th in the table ahead of their meeting at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium on Saturday.

Brown said: “I know a lot of people at Bamber Bridge and the players know a lot of their players too.

“There’s pride up for grabs.

“They are always feisty and intense and I’m looking forward to a good game.

“We’re going there on the back of a victory and want to start on the front foot and put in a positive performance to try and get a positive result.”