SEAN Brain’s sumptuous return took a chunk of the Worcester City plaudits but boss Ashley Vincent was quick to dish some out to his partner in crime.

Demetri Brown might have gone a fifth match without scoring but was lavished with praise for his role in a fluent attacking display as City comprehensively beat Pinchbeck United 3-0 in the FA Vase first round.

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There were a bounty of a high-ranking performances across the pitch but on the back of criticism of Worcester’s frontrunners for not finding the net during Brain’s three-match suspension, Vincent reckons Brown provided the perfect response.

“Sean is a very clever player and a natural in the box,” said Vincent.

“It is not just good movement without the finish, he is the one you want on the end of chances because you know he is going to hit the target and the net.

“He gives us a different dimension in terms of drawing people out and then he also finishes things off.

“That’s not to take anything away from his strike partner, though, and the boys agreed and gave Demetri Brown a round of applause after the game.

“His was as good a performance as you are going to get from a centre forward and while he did not get his goal, he held it up, fought and probably gave Brainy that room to drop off or find space in the box.

“They dovetailed really well and I was willing the one for Demetri to go into the bottom corner at the end.

"He knows what he is to us, what I think of the effort he puts in and the way he gets us up the pitch.

“He is a nightmare that no centre-half wants to play against and I thought both lads up top were fantastic.”

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Brain did not have the perfect comeback, seeing a scuffed penalty easily saved during the opening moments that might have had some thinking it could be another of those days.

“You’re never quite sure with it being so early in the game but we started like a house on fire and then we were still proactive after the penalty, there were no heads down,” added Vincent.

“Brainy still wanted the ball in and around the box, he was jinking and getting shots away so I was confident we hadn’t been dented or deflated by it.

“It shows we have a great group of characters and they got the job done.

“We had to turn up, roll up our sleeves and give the effort and energy first and foremost. The quality then came out so we are delighted.

“We probably felt we should have had a few more goals, and a few more penalties, but we are not going to complain.

"We are into the next round which was the objective at the start of the day.”

Vincent confirmed fellow frontrunner Jordan Harrison had missed out through illness, catching the sickness big that had affected the camp recently in the build-up to the tie.

Meanwhile, counterpart Ian Dunn acknowledged City had been far superior throughout.

"They were certainly a better side than us," he said. 

"For us it was a case of trying to be solid and play on the counter attack and unfortunately we just met a better side that were superior on the day.

"Sometimes you have to rely on a bit of luck to frustrate them. If we could have got to half-time without conceding it might have been better because they might have got a bit frustrated. 

"When you get a two-goal cushion it is easier to take your foot off the gas and control the game and they did that very well. 

"I thought we were unfortunate to concede in the second half, it was a big deflection which didn't help but we were better than we were in the first half.

"We did our best but at times they were too good for us, their movement off the ball was very good so it was difficult.

"We were hanging on. Unfortunately for us the issue was not clearing the ball far enough so it kept coming back, it was wave after wave after wave. 

"It was hard for us but fair play to them, they were a good side and deserved winners on the day."