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Brown: Start we've made means we can't wait for the next game

19 August 2014

Southend United manager Phil Brown says the start his side have made to the season means they can’t wait for the next match to get underway.

Blues welcome AFC Wimbledon to Roots Hall on Tuesday evening, looking to make it three wins from three to start off the season.

Brown believes the confidence in the camp could not be higher following the win against Stevenage on Saturday.

He said: “At this moment in time, the players are very much looking forward to the next game, and the season in general.

“Apart from a win against Walsall, we couldn’t have asked for a much better start, and in terms of the league, it’s a fantastic start that we’ve made.

“I’m delighted with the squad’s motivation levels, their fitness levels and the quality of football they are playing at this early stage of the season.

“Saturday we showed further signs, in stages, that we’re getting to our best and it’s now all about getting that fluency over the course of 90 minutes.”

Blues’ boss though is wary of the threat AFC Wimbledon, and in particular Adebayo Akinfenwa will pose to his players at Roots Hall this evening.

He added: “At the moment we’re only looking to the next game and that’s AFC Wimbledon. They’re similar to Stevenage, but a bit more refined.

“They like to play into the big striker, Akinfenwa, and he’s a real handful for defenders. It’ll be another test for the players, which I’m sure they can stand up to.

“We had a great crowd at Roots Hall on Saturday and that is the kind of support we need throughout the season. It was great to see them all there for the first game as it shows they are behind what we’re trying to do.”

Brown confirmed there were no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game, but Will Atkinson will miss out again.

“All the lads came through Saturday’s game and were training on Monday which is important,” he said. “But Will unfortunately will miss a couple more days of training.

“It would be nice to have him back towards the end of the week ahead of Saturday’s game, but we’ll have to wait and see how he progresses.”

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