Blues' boss expecting tough first month, but says it'll give everyone a clear idea of how the season will unfold
Southend United boss Phil Brown says the release of the fixtures for 2014-15 has given him a real buzz for the new campaign.
Blues will kick-off on August 9th away to Accrington Stanley, before their first home league game against Stevenage on August 16th.
Brown believes the first month of the season will give everyone a clear idea of how well Blues can do this season.
Blues’ boss said: “It’s a very exciting start to the season, regardless of the distance, because it shows the quality there is in this division.
“I do get a real buzz when you see the fixtures for the first time, and it was exactly the same when I saw them this morning.
“Carlisle and Stevenage have come down, so will provide us with very good tests, while AFC Wimbledon have bolstered their squad this summer.
“Accrington Stanley will be looking to make a good start in front of their home fans, while Plymouth Argyle were a top side last season.
“Last season we made a really good start to the season and it set us up for a positive campaign.
“Hopefully we can do exactly the same this time around, because I think the first month will give us a clear idea of how our season will go.”
Brown is looking forward to the three long away trips, and looks back at Hartlepool United last season as a good example of how his side can take advantage of a fresh pitch.
He added: “Last season at Hartlepool United we came away with all three points. The pitch was in superb condition, as most are at the start of the season.
“Plymouth had one of the best pitches in the division last year, so that should be in superb condition when we travel there.
“I’m not worried about the travelling. It has got to happen at some stage and the weather should be quite nice in August, which will be good!”
Blues’ boss has said he isn’t looking past the opening game, but knows there’ll be crucial periods, and games, throughout the season.
He concluded: “I have only looked at the first month really, and I won’t be looking past the first game from now on. There’s some top sides in this division but we can only prepare for that first game at this stage.”