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Interview: Brown says Charlton test was similar to Real Madrid C

26 July 2014

Blues' boss on the 1-0 defeat...

Southend United manager Phil Brown likened Blues’ game against Charlton Athletic to the test provided by Real Madrid C last pre-season.

Blues were beaten 1-0 at Sparrows Lane by a strong Charlton side, with the game played in the searing heat on Saturday morning.

Last pre-season, Blues took on Real Madrid C in similar conditions out in Spain, and Brown felt it was a similar proposition for his players on Saturday.

He said: “Charlton have some real quality on the ball so at times we were chasing the ball around to try and win it back, and with the conditions the way they were, it was hard work.

“In some ways it was similar to Real Madrid last season because of the hot conditions and the fact the opposition were good on the ball and moved it around well.

“We did too at times. I was actually left slightly disappointed that we didn’t score because we had a few chances and played some good football.

“I actually thought we looked fitter than they did, and that is no disrespect to Charlton, it just shows the work the players have put in this pre-season.

“It’s good to be able to get this game under our belts ahead of facing Ipswich Town and Queens Park Rangers at Roots Hall next week.”

David Worrall got his first run out in a Blues shirt, and Brown was pleased with how his new signing did during the 45 minutes he was on the pitch.

He added: “David has come in and trained really well this week. I said when he joined he was a little bit behind so this 45 minutes will have done him the world of good.

“He’ll get 75 or 90 minutes against Ipswich or QPR on Tuesday or Wednesday and hopefully some more minutes in a game next weekend that we’re looking to arrange.

“The most pleasing thing for me is the competition for places in that area. David did well, we’ve got Kevan Hurst who had a fabulous season, we’ve got Will Atkinson who looked excellent at Charlton, while Myles Weston is also well accustomed to that position.”

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