Brown excited by Premier chance
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sunderland striker Chris Brown is excited at the prospect of promotion.
Sunderland striker Chris Brown is excited at the prospect of helping steer the club he supported as a boy into The Premiership.
The son of former Roker Park forward Alan Brown refuses to take for granted that Mick McCarthy's men will return to the promised land despite their 1-0 victory at second-placed Wigan Athletic in midweek.
The fine away success at The JJB Stadium leaves The Black Cats five points clear of Ipswich Town and eight points ahead of the play-off zone.
With fifth-placed Reading providing a tough test at The Stadium of Light in the live Sky Sports 2 fixture on Saturday, Brown is keeping his obvious enthusiasm in check.
"We hardly ever speak about it at the club," he said of the promotion charge. "We know there's a big job to be done.
"There's still five games left and there's plenty of points to play for. Until it's mathematically certain that we're up, we're taking nothing for granted.
"All the lads get on really well and I think that helps a lot.
"So when you go out on the pitch, it's easy to relax and play your own game because you know everyone's in it together.
"In training, we have a good laugh and stuff but everything is serious and professional so that's going to help prepare for a game."
Brown, preferred to Republic of Ireland international Stephen Elliott in attack at Wigan, is fulfilling a dream by wearing the red and white stripes.
"It's brilliant because I used to watch the lads at the Stadium when they were in the Premier League," he enthused to Sky Sports News.
"I was there when they got relegated and it wasn't a nice time for me but, thankfully, and hopefully, I can play a part in the club's promotion.
"It would be unbelievable for the city and for the fans it'd be brilliant."