Brown: Bristol Rovers are working hard to earn points
Bristol Rovers defender Lee Brown says everyone inside the camp is encouraged by a recent upturn in performances – but knows that massive improvement is still needed if they are to make progress up the League Two table.
Mark McGhee's side are still yet to win a game yet this season – but were applauded off the Memorial Stadium pitch by supporters following an encouraging display in a goalless draw with Fleetwood on Saturday.
That result came on the back of another draw away at Plymouth in midweek – although Rovers still ended the week second-from-bottom of the league.
Brown, however, said: "There are a lot of positive signs at the minute. We had chances to win both games so we're a little disappointed to only get two points in the end.
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"I think it is good to be disappointed because it shows that we have a belief in ourselves to win games. It was a good confidence boost to keep a clean sheet and if we can add a few goals to our game then I think we can really kick on from there.
"We've had a couple of good performances, but it is only a start. We're a long way off being the finished article and we're still right near the bottom of the league so there still needs to be a massive improvement.
"We are focused on trying to get that first win on the board. That will be massive for us and it could be the start of us possibly kicking on and really getting our season up and running."
Brown, meanwhile, has welcomed increased competition for places after McGhee made a number of changes in the wake of a disappointing 4-0 defeat at Gillingham.
There has been rare starts for midfield pair Oliver Norburn and Fabian Broghammer, whilst a new goalkeeper in the shape of Fulham loanee Neil Etheridge and the return of summer signing Garry Kenneth have also added further competition for places ahead of Saturday's trip to Exeter.
"That can only be healthy for the squad in general," said Brown. "The gaffer is trying to up everybody's game by bringing in players to add that competition for places."
Brown, meanwhile, has slipped in at left-back ahead of Jim Paterson and has started to form a burgeoning understanding with flying winger Broghammer and also believes Kenneth has added an extra dimension to Rovers' game.
"Fab a bit similar to Muzzy (Carayol) in that you just give him the ball and off he goes," said Brown. "The thing with Fabian is that he needs a lot of encouragement.
"He is a young player that has just come to this country, but, if he has a bit of confidence, I think he can go on and do all sorts for us."
On Kenneth, Brown added: "His return has been great for us and has played a big part in our improvement.
"He's a massive presence and somebody who reads the game so very well. It's been great to play alongside him in the last couple of games."
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