Old boy Wayne wants to rock the boat

WAYNE Brown has called on his Leicester team mates to take advantage of Ipswich Town's bedding in process.

Derek Davis

By Derek Davis

WAYNE Brown has called on his Leicester team mates to take advantage of Ipswich Town's bedding in process.

The former Town star who helped the Blues to promotion in 2000 is hoping playing Roy Keane's side at this stage of the season can work in the Foxes favour.


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Brown, who celebrates his 33rd birthday on Thursday, said: “Roy Keane wants to put his own stamp on the team.

“He's brought a lot of new blood in and he's spent a lot of money.

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“But it will be interesting, from his point of view, to see how these players bed into his team.

“It will probably take them five or six games to get to know each other in a Championship environment and we've got to take advantage of that.”

The experienced defender who also won promotion to the Premier League with Hull City and to the Championship with Colchester United knows the pros and cons Town face today in front of a 25,000 crowd at Portman Road.

Brown said: “They're going to be under pressure because it's their first home game. But it's about us and what we do.

“We must take the game to them, stop them playing and do the things we are good at. We've got to let teams worry about us this season.

“We've got to take the positives from our wins on Saturday and Wednesday night and carry it into the game. We've got a little bit of momentum and we want to keep it going.”

Brown is more than happy with what City have to offer and said: “Some of the lads haven't played at this level. They are an unknown quantity so all we can do as experienced pros is guide and try to help them.

“Only time will tell whether they are good enough, but I can tell you right now there is no player in our squad who isn't good enough to play in the Championship.

“That showed at Macclesfield when young Luke O'Neill got a chance at right-back and Chris Powell did exceptionally well at left-back.

“These players have got to take their opportunities when they come their way and that's what they did.

“As a manager, Nigel Pearson has a selection headache, but it's a nice headache and the sort he wants.”

While Brown is expected to keep his place although Bulgarian international Tuncay is fit again after injury, Michael Morrison may drop to the bench with Robbie Neilsen back from a suspension he picked up in Scotland after being booked six times in consecutive seasons.

If Nielsen plays he will have the honour of becoming Leicester City's 1,000 professional to make his debut for the club.

Derek.davis@eadt.co.uk

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