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Brown: Application, fitness & focus

22 November 2013

The three ingredients which Phil Brown believes has led to Blues' run of three straight wins

Southend United manager Phil Brown says the application, fitness levels and focus from his side have led to their impressive three game winning run.

Phil is also hoping that the performance levels they’ve shown in the last three games can carry over into the rest of the campaign, starting against York City on Saturday.

The boss also believes his side are better equipped to try and extend that three game unbeaten run now, compared to at the start of the season.

He said: “It’s important you get a level of consistency in your season. We’ll look back and say we could have done this or could have done that.

“Pressure builds on you when you start a season unbeaten in three games without conceding a goal but football is football and you get ups and downs.

“We’re riding high at the moment and we want to try and keep it that way. It isn’t just about the fourth game it’s about the fifth, sixth and seventh.

“I’ve been very impressed with the squad. The players have shown excellent fitness levels, shown very good application and have focused on what we’re trying to achieve.

“We’re better equipped now than at the start of the season because the players are quite young and are learning as we go.

“I’ve probably got the strongest backroom team in the division and that’s a huge positive, but the players are doing everything they can out on the pitch.”

Brown has urged for his players and fans to expect a very tough game against York City on Saturday.

He said: “They worked phenomenally hard against Plymouth Argyle and only got a 1-1 draw. They were streets ahead of them in every department other than the goals scored.

“We must mark everyone’s card, the players and fans, because it’s going to be a very tough game. Every supporter that comes through the turnstile on Saturday, let’s hear you!

“You can help us get over the winning line, I know the players are up for it and motivated and they can’t wait to see Roots Hall full.

“They want to perform in front of them. It’s a big day and we’ll need to make sure we relax one or two of the younger lads. The result will come.”

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