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Jamie Milligan Delighted With Brig Character After Warrington Rylands Draw

Jamie Milligan reacts to our 2-2 draw with Warrington Rylands.

Brig boss Jamie Milligan was delighted with the character his team showed to twice come from behind in the 2-2 draw with Warrington Rylands on Tuesday.

The visitors took the lead on 14 minutes through Adama Sidibeh's header, before Brig hit back through Harry Benns' well-taken goal.

Mo Touray put Rylands then lashed home from close range before half-time to restore Rylands' advantage.

But Brig piled on the pressure in the closing quarter of the game, and were eventually rewarded when a cross ricocheted off the boot of Rylands defender Clive Smith and went into the back of the net.

Speaking after the game, Milligan spoke of his delight at the way his side played.

He said: "I thought the lads were absolutely superb tonight with the football they've played - they were so brave on the ball. There were mistakes here and there, which are going to happen. I'll take the blame for them, because I want them to play a certain way.

"I thought that was a really good performance and we deserved at minimum a point.

"They are a threat, they're a good team with a decent manager and staff. They're going to beat a lot of teams, they're not second for no reason. They'll probably be happy with a point here.

"We went 1-0 down, then we went out of the game a little bit. Then we scored a set piece, then a little bit of naivety towards the end of the first half when we tried to play when we shouldn't, with only a minute left. 

"Then we got our way back into the game, and we played really well second half."

Brig came close numerous times before the second equaliser, twice hitting the crossbar amid the ball being cleared off the line on another occasion. 

Milligan felt the ball wasn't going Brig's way before the late goal, but was more than happy to take it when it finally went in.

"We put a lot of pressure on them at the end, but I had it in my head that we weren't going to score. Nothing was dropping for us, we hit the crossbar twice. I just couldn't see it happening. 

"We never get those types of goals, those flukey goals that just go over the line, but we'll take it."

It's FA Trophy action next up for Brig on Saturday, as they travel to Southern League Premier Division Central side Stourbridge.

And Milligan is keen to kickstart a cup run for his side.

"It's massive, and I want to go as far as I can in it. It's great exposure for our lads.

"We're going into that game looking to win it, and I want us to give it everything we've got."

Published Wednesday 25th October 2023