Brown joy at Oxford United clean sheet

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ANY Oxford United fans concerned about Wayne Brown deputising in goal for Ryan Clarke need not have worried – the keeper was the calmest man inside the Kassam Stadium on Saturday.

Clarke has played every single minute of league football since the U’s won promotion back into npower League Two, but a knock picked up last Monday ruled him out of Saturday’s clash with Gillingham.

It opened the door for Brown, whose only two appearances for the U’s this season have come in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

The 35-year-old’s last first-team outing was way back in November and lasted just 12 minutes before being sent off, meaning this was a first Oxford clean sheet.

While admitting to feeling a few butterflies before the game, Brown was completely unfazed at being thrust into one of the biggest games of the season.

“I enjoyed it, it was a bit better than the JPT,” he said.

“Don’t get me wrong, I was nervous since I knew Clarkey was injured.

“I thought ‘now’s the time to prepare right’ so I did everything I used to do.

“I’ve been in a comfort zone all season thinking Clarkey’s not going to get injured, so I’ve been doing pretty much what I want really – obviously training well, but I didn’t have the added pressure of playing first-team football.

“But when it came to it I got my head on it last week, ate right, prepared right and got mentally sound.”

On the day Brown had little to do as Gillingham’s dangerous forward line was kept quiet in the 0-0 draw.

The veteran had to wait until the final minute of normal time to be tested, when he turned a shot from Chris Whelpdale around apost.

Brown, who spent a year playing in South Africa with SuperSport United before signing last summer, was happy to keep the effort out en route to a clean sheet.

He said: “It came off my hand and hit my elbow, it wasn’t technically the best bit of goalkeeping, but I was happy considering I hadn’t played a league game for two years in English football.

“I went to Africa and it was a completely different game, but this was back in the mix of League Two football.

“It was quite kind to me, there were a couple of crosses which I quite enjoyed taking.

“We should have played better and won, but it’s a clean sheet and we’re still in the play-offs.”

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1:40pm Mon 16 Apr 12

Joe1 says...

Well done, good to read yr confidence in dealing with yr call to cover for Clarke.
We really needed the 3 points in that home fixture.
We are being forced right down to the wire re the playoff's.

"COME ON YOU YELLOWS"
Well done, good to read yr confidence in dealing with yr call to cover for Clarke. We really needed the 3 points in that home fixture. We are being forced right down to the wire re the playoff's. "COME ON YOU YELLOWS" Joe1

3:27pm Mon 16 Apr 12

Oxford Male says...

Yes. And Crewe are probably saying they needed all three points against Macclesfield. Gillingham really wanted all three too. Tight or what?
Yes. And Crewe are probably saying they needed all three points against Macclesfield. Gillingham really wanted all three too. Tight or what? Oxford Male

4:05pm Mon 16 Apr 12

remberingthe80s says...

i think mr chark is on his way out of oxford utd as is a quality keeper
big bucks i would think and therefore keeping him free of knocks ect.
only game he will now play is the play off final
i think mr chark is on his way out of oxford utd as is a quality keeper big bucks i would think and therefore keeping him free of knocks ect. only game he will now play is the play off final remberingthe80s

5:18pm Tue 17 Apr 12

gnash21 says...

I don't agree with remberingthe80's. Clarky will be at Oxford next season. Roll on Saturday. My first impressions of Brown were not good but after Saturday I have a little more faith in him.

COYY
I don't agree with remberingthe80's. Clarky will be at Oxford next season. Roll on Saturday. My first impressions of Brown were not good but after Saturday I have a little more faith in him. COYY gnash21

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