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Brown: An extra 15-20 per cent needed next season

23 May 2014

Blues' boss hopes to add an extra 15-20 per cent in terms of goals and points to push for an automatic spot

Southend United manager Phil Brown is looking for an extra 15-20 per cent in terms of points and goals next season.

Blues fell nine points short of automatic promotion this season, and were then knocked out by Burton Albion in the play-offs.

The manager is now after an extra 15-20 per cent from his players next season, as they look to ensure automatic promotion.

He said: “At the start of the season we set ourselves targets – and that was 20 clean sheets and 70 goals.

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see where we fell a little bit short, so we’re looking for a 15-20 per cent improvement which should boost our points tally by the same amount.

“If we add ten points to what we got this season, we’d have gone up automatically. Obviously we haven’t done that, but that will be the target for next season.

“The clean sheets this season has been a huge positive, and for a young goalkeeper in his first full season as a professional footballer, it’s a quite remarkable feat.

“We will need that again next season, and if we can add the extra goals too, I’m sure we will be close to achieving our aims.”

Brown recognises the size of the football club, but admits Blues must prove they deserve to be in a higher level, by showing it on the pitch.

He added: “It’s a big club, a massive club, and the fans certainly deserve a club in a higher division, but it’s about proving that with results on the field of play.

“We’ll sit down and try to resolve the issues over the summer and make sure the squad we assemble is good enough to challenge for honours next season.

“We showed towards the latter part of the campaign what we can do in the transfer market, with the quality of loanees that we brought in to the club.

“With a whole summer to improve, I’m confident we can get the right type of players into this club.”

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