Southend United manager Phil Brown says he got plenty of good pictures from his side’s 2-1 pre-season friendly defeat to Ipswich Town.
The Championship side won the game at Roots Hall with the last kick of the game, but, knowing results aren’t the most important thing in pre-season, Blues’ boss was pleased.
He says he is starting to get a lot clearer pictures about his squad, and the current trialists, ahead of the first game of the season against Accrington Stanley.
“I thought it was a great work out,” he said. “It’s been a real headache working out what to do with these two games in two days. We’ve had to try and get the most out of the current squad with a blend of trialists and young players.
“The players gave a good account of themselves and so did the trialists who came in to show what they can do. We’re getting plenty of good pictures about the current squad ahead of the new season.
“The signs were good for much of the game. We finished off with a very young team and consequently lost the game, but I’m not going to worry about results at all in pre-season.
“Myles Weston came on and we looked alive in the final third. It was the first time he’d played in front of the crowd at Roots Hall and scored with his first touch. He scores goals in training every day and looks good through the middle.”
Blues now face QPR on Wednesday night, and the likes of Daniel Bentley, Barry Corr, Will Atkinson and Conor Clifford, all of whom weren’t involved on Tuesday, will get 90 minutes under their belts.
He added: “There are four or five of the first-team squad who will get 90 minutes against QPR. I spoke to Harry (Redknapp) and he said he’d be sending a strong squad down for the game.
“John White and Kevan Hurst got 90 minutes against Ipswich and their fitness levels look good, so I’m sure the lads who feature tomorrow will get a lot out of the game.
“Myles Weston will probably get 90 minutes, but Bentley, Atkinson, Clifford and Corr definitely will, barring injury, and we’ll take another look at the trialists.”
Freddy Eastwood also got the game started against Ipswich Town, and Brown paid tribute to the striker.
“The referee said we couldn’t have rolling subs so Freddy had to start and he kicked the game off,” he added. “Freddy didn’t want to play too much of a part, but wanted to say thanks to the fans. We all wish a club legend well for the future.”