IZZY BROWN has praised the players keeping him out of the Albion team.

But he reckons 90 minutes on a wet night at Stevenage can help gear him up for a hectic forthcoming schedule.

Brown has no complaints about a lack of starts since going off injured in the opening-day defeat to Manchester City but he has come off the bench in each of the last five matches and hopes to be of service when the schedule moves into overdrive between November 20 and New Year’s Day.

The on-loan Chelsea prospect operated in the No.10 berth as an Albion under-21 side boosted by five over-age players went down 3-1 at Stevenage.

He said: “It wasn’t the best night for us because we didn’t win the game but for me personally it was good to get some minutes in the tank.

“It was something I hadn’t had too much of recently.

“I was injured and now I’ve just got to get back in the team and it’s tough because the team are doing so well.

“You have no complaints when you are on the bench watching the team and they are doing so well.

“You can’t say you should be playing.”

Chris Hughton has fielded an unchanged team in the last three games and only used 14 different starters in the last six matches.

But Brown hopes opportunity might come knocking as they go into a run of 11 fixtures in six weeks.

He said: “You know how many games there are at Christmas and every player is ready for the call.”