Brown expects a busy afternoon
WAYNE Brown expects to be in for a busy early afternoon when his Hull City side take on Ipswich Town in the Coca-Cola Championship at the KC Stadium tomorrow (kick-off 12.
By Elvin King
WAYNE Brown expects to be in for a busy early afternoon when his Hull City side take on Ipswich Town in the Coca-Cola Championship at the KC Stadium tomorrow (kick-off 12.30am).
The 30-year-old central defender began his career at Portman Road making 50 appearances and scoring one goal before joining Watford and then Colchester on free transfers.
Along with Richard Garcia he moved from Layer Road to Humberside during the summer and has made himself a regular after missing out on the opening day of the season.
“I know I am going to be in for a tough 90 minutes,” said Brown.
“I watched Ipswich on television last Saturday night and the one thing that struck me was their capability to score goals.
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“To have fire-power like that gets you a long way in this division and, if they can tighten up in a couple of other areas, there's no reason why Ipswich can't have a very good season.”
Town thumped Coventry 4-1 last weekend with Brown impressed by the front-running showing of Pablo Counago and Alan Lee and the dangers posed by ex-Hull player Jon Walters.
Brown, who played in Hull's 4-0 Carling Cup home defeat against to Chelsea on Wednesday, is backing Blues boss Jim Magilton to 'answer his critics' this term.
“I am sure Jim will prove himself a big hit in charge of Ipswich.”
Brown's namesake - Hull boss Phil - has taken a leaf out of Magilton's book and called on his players to have more belief in themselves.
The Tigers manager took plenty of positives from 4-0 defeat to Chelsea the game and is hoping his team can bounce back tomorrow.
“The one thing I learned from Chelsea is the players trust each other and they have belief,” said Brown. “My players need to show that when they cross the white line.
“But for me, the Ipswich game was always going to be the more important and it is one we will work hard to win.”
Jay Jay Okocha, the former Nigeria and Bolton captain, is set to make his fifth appearance for Hull.
He will be a player Town will have to watch if they are collect their first away league victory of the season at aground where they won 5-2 in 2006/07.
When Okocha was allowed to leave Bolton at the end of the 2005/06 season, he accepted an offer to play for Qatar Sports Club in the Middle East.
Okocha, 34, said: “It's fantastic to be back. The contract in Qatar was lucrative but hardly anyone turned up to watch and it just wasn't the same as playing in this country.”