Time out of Yeovil Town team makes Keanu Marsh-Brown work harder
Keanu Marsh-Brown's time out of the Yeovil Town team has made him a stronger and harder working professional.
After dipping in and out of manager Gary Johnson's immediate first XI plans, the attacker has started the last four games and played a starring role in last night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy triumph at Torquay United.
Marsh-Brown, who arrived at Huish Park in the summer, was a threat whenever in possession and set up James Hayter's last minute equaliser before firing home the decisive shootout penalty.
The 20-year-old said being dropped was an important part of the learning curve as he looks to fulfil potential that first caught the eye of Premier League big guns Arsenal and Fulham.
He said: "I went into the game positive having worked a lot with the gaffer, Terry Skiverton and Darren Way on my game. This is showing in my games.
"The time out of the team made me stronger as a person and a professional, making me work harder on and off the pitch. I have only got better and now that is showing in games. To get on the score sheet is a great feeling and hopefully I can push on."
The importance of the JPT to a club like Yeovil is also not lost on Marsh-Brown as they gear up to face Wycombe Wanderers in the southern area quarter-finals at the start of December.
"It is a great feeling to get through to the quarter-finals," he said. "We have just got to go into the Wycombe game with a positive mentality and do what it takes to get through to the next round.
"It is a great opportunity to get to Wembley. I have played there before with England but not at club level. A lot of the boys haven't played there so it will be a great opportunity to get that day out."
Marsh-Brown revealed keeping a cool head was key to converting Yeovil's decisive spot-kick after a morning training session had not gone to plan.
He said: "I knew it was an important to take us into the next round so I knew I had to stay calm and then slotted into the net.
"I had been practicing my penalties a lot and wanted to put it in that top corner. It was just about getting the technique right with the correct power and I knew it would go in.
"We all felt confident and everybody struck the ball well. I thought their confidence showed. The ones that took the penalties tonight missed this morning so that was a bit of luck for us. We have done well."
On his last gasp assist, Marsh-Brown added: "When I got the ball at my feet I thought I would drive at the defender, whip in a cross and see what happened.
"Obviously Hayts was on the shoulder of the man, made a good run and slotted it home. We just kept believing. The manager told us never to give up so we had that mentality to keep going until the final whistle."
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