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Interview: Phil Brown ready to make changes at Plymouth Argyle

29 August 2014

Southend United manager Phil Brown says he will make one or two changes for the trip to Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.

Brown has named the same starting XI in all four of Blues’ League 2 fixtures so far this season, but has seen his side pick up just a point in the last two games.

Blues have had the chances to get much more from both those games, but Brown will look to mix things up in order to find that quality in front of goal.

He said: “I’ll be making one or two changes for sure. Hopefully the changes that I make will add energy to the team and also a bit more quality in the final third.

“The performances have been there, but we’ve just been lacking a bit of quality in the final third so far this season and it has cost us.

“Jack (Payne) is absolutely in my thinking for tomorrow. I think we’ve gone past the stage of having to find a system that suits him.

“He could play in a midfield three or four, he could play behind the front man too and it would be nice to get him in the team soon because I think he’ll score goals.”

The Home Park pitch was voted one of the best in League 2 last season, and Brown hopes his side will take full advantage of the surface.

He added; “It’s an excellent pitch and it’s massive too which we need to use to our advantage,” he added.

“Possession will be key and so will our finishing in front of goal. We are good on the ball and play some good stuff, so I’m sure the pitch and surface will play into our hands.

“Last season we had to move Ryan Leonard to right-back and I felt we lacked a bit of drive in the middle which is so important at Home Park.”

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