Brown's Breakthrough

Thursday 24 January 2008

Wayne Brown’s fine form for the Development Squad this season was rewarded with a First Team debut on Tuesday evening when the Whites faced Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup Third Round.

The all-action midfielder has been a regular scorer for the Development Squad this season and no one was more pleased to see the youngster lining up in the starting eleven than Fulham’s Reserve Team Manager, Billy McKinlay.

“It’s no more than he deserves,” McKinlay told “Wayne has been working ever so hard and not only this year. He’s scored five goals in 10 games for the Reserves and he’s a real threat from the middle of the pitch.

“Since Ray Lewington and I have been here, Wayne has come up through the Academy and done very well. He’s a joy to work with and he got his reward on Tuesday night. It’s only a small step in his career but it’s a decent step. He now has to make sure that it was the first of many appearances.

“I was at the game and in the first half he was terrific – excellent in possession and linked up well. He had a couple of efforts a goal, which we knew he would have.

“He’s a high energy player who gets about the pitch very well – either off the right or through the middle. He makes really good runs in behind the strikers and is always in and around the box. By and large, in every game, he’s always getting three or four attempts on goal. He had a couple of efforts against Bristol Rovers, which is what he’s about.

“He sees a nice pass and is efficient with his work. His main asset is the goal threat he carries from the middle of the pitch, he gets up and supports the front two well and he’s got an eye for a goal. In and around the box, you would back him to hit that target more often than not.”