Blues boss on trialists and the games coming up this week...
Southend United manager Phil Brown is hoping for similar progress this week compared to last, with his side facing three pre-season friendlies in six days.
Blues face Billericay Town on Tuesday night, before a behind-closed-doors game against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday and an away fixture with Braintree Town on Saturday.
Brown was happy with Blues’ opening performance against Great Wakering Rovers on Saturday and hopes to carry that into this week’s games.
He said: “We’re not looking at the results, just the performances and it was a very good one on Saturday, possibly even ahead of where we should be.
“You can never please a manager fully though! We’ve got a couple of things to resolve but it’s a very successful start for us.
“The players got a lot out of the game, and were well on top, showing that we are at a much better stage this time around compared to last season.
“The lads got a good 45 minutes under their belts, but against Billericay Town, the starting XI will get around an hour, with the second XI playing the final 30.
“On Wednesday at Tottenham, we’ll switch that over with the second XI starting, and the first XI from Tuesday getting the final half-hour.
“That should leave the majority of the squad ready for 90 minutes against Braintree Town on the Saturday.”
Four trialists, plus Ryan Auger, played in the game on Saturday, and they will all be involved again this week, with Brown giving them the chance to earn a deal.
He added: “Nabil, Jordan, Craig and Roman will all be involved again along with Ryan Auger. They did well on Saturday but we need to have more of a look.
“Last pre-season we had Ben Coker as the success story, and he earned a deal after about three friendlies. We’ll give the guys this season the same sort of chance to get a contract.
“We’ve had a look at one or two more in training on Monday too. The hard work is going on behind the scenes too. We had an 11 v 11 with the trialists going up against the squad we’ve got in place. The trials aren’t just taking place in the public eye.”