Phil Brown on how Blues need to show all their battling qualities to get back to winning ways
Manager Phil Brown says it’s time for Southend United to roll their sleeves up and get back to winning ways when Wycombe Wanderers visit Roots Hall on Saturday.
Blues have now gone eight games without a win in all competitions, and Brown says it’s a case of regaining the winning mentality that his side showed pre-Hull City in the FA Cup fourth round.
To do that, he says the players will need to rise to the occasion, and fight for their lives when Gareth Ainsworth’s team visit.
He said: “Something is missing at the moment, but what we need is belief to get over the winning line to get back to how we were before Hull City.
“Everyone is slightly below par at the moment and we’ve got to try and bring our best game to the table on Saturday against Wycombe.
“On Tuesday night at half-time, I thought we’d been in a really good game of football, with both sides battling for control of the game.
“But we dropped off in the second-half. We’ve got to make sure on Saturday we’re at it for 90 minutes.
“It has been a tough few weeks, but our battling qualities have shone through a number of times this season and we’ll need that again.
“Wycombe are fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table, and we’re fighting for our lives to remain in the play-off places.”
Blues’ boss was keen to stress the importance of the home supporters on Saturday for the game against Wycombe.
He fondly recalls the atmosphere for the home game against York City, and is hoping for more of the same this weekend.
He said: “It’s a time where we go back to Roots Hall looking to put in a good performance and get back to winning ways in front of the home fans.
“The crowd can play a massive part. We are working to bolster the numbers on the gate behind the scenes.
“On the pitch we’ll try to get the crowd off their seats and get behind us, similar to York, where the fans played a massive part.
“We need that on Saturday with the fans behind us creating an atmosphere that gets us over the winning line.”