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Brown thanks Rowett for faith shown

Hear from the young right-back...

27 January 2020

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James Brown made his first Millwall start in just over three years on Saturday - and now wants more first-team action.

The right-back was chosen to begin the weekend's Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round defeat to Sheffield United in place of the rested Mahlon Romeo, a first start since a Football League Trophy tie against Gillingham at The Den in October 2016.

The 22-year-old played just 54 minutes that night before being replaced by Jimmy Abdou, next making a Millwall appearance in this season's Third Round victory over Newport County as a late change for Jason McCarthy.

Loan spells at far-flung outposts such as Carlisle United, Livingston and Lincoln City have taken over Brown's career between those games, but the defender, now back in SE16, paid tribute to boss Gary Rowett after his first 90 minutes for the club.

"It was a nice feeling, it's been a long time coming," he told "I'm not making any excuses, but it's been a frustrating 18 months with injuries and a few loans that haven't worked out, so it's nice to be back out there, especially against a top-half Premier League team. It was a good experience."

"I could've easily gone out on loan again, but the gaffer has shown a lot of faith in me. He has kept me here and wants me to push Mahlon, so that's a nice feeling to have. Everyone knows the qualities that he has, but if I can keep filling in for him when needs be until the end of the season, then it's good to have that healthy competition within the squad."

Watch our interview with James Brown above as the right-back expands on his first-team prospects and Saturday's Emirates FA Cup loss.

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