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Brown: A spring back in our steps

14 March 2014

Phil Brown says Blues' spirits have been lifted ahead of the game against Bury on Saturday

Phil Brown believes his Southend United side have a spring back in their step following Tuesday night’s comeback draw at Scunthorpe United.

Blues’ boss now wants to ensure they take the level of performance they showed in the second-half at Glanford Park, into the game against Bury.

David Flitcroft’s side visit Roots Hall on Saturday, and Blues will be looking to use Tuesday night’s display to get back to winning ways.

Brown said: “I think the second-half performance was one of our better ones so far this season and it bodes well.

“We got the ball into the right areas and when we got into those areas, we played some really good football.

“John Egan’s goal was the catalyst for the result, but the performance was already there to get something from the game.

“The players have now got a reference point that they can use. They now know again what it feels like to be on top of their game.

“Six or seven weeks ago, everyone was on the top of their game, but after Tuesday’s display, I can tell it’s back.

“We see how the players are performing in training every day, and they are giving everything to the cause.

“I can’t fault their efforts so far this season, and I know there’s a lot more to come from them between now and May.”

Since Flitcroft’s arrival at Bury he has made a number of changes, and Brown is expecting a tough test from the Gigg Lane outfit on Saturday.

But he says his side will be ready for a good game of football, or a battle, depending on how the game goes.

He said: “David has really gone in and mixed it up since he joined the club in December, and he’s got some real experience.

“Danny Mayor, who I had at Preston North End, has played in a number of positions, while the two strikers are excellent at this level.

“Players like Tommy Miller and Pablo Mills, who I worked with nearly 10 years ago, bring real experience.

“David served his apprenticeship under Keith Hill who has the philosophy of getting the ball down and wanting to play.

“I say bring it on if it’s going to be a good game of football, and bring it on if it’s going to be a battle. We’ll be ready.”

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