Blues' boss filled with confidence by his side's home form heading into the game against Burton Albion
Southend United manager Phil Brown says his side can go into tomorrow’s second leg against Burton Albion full of confidence, having been impressive at Roots Hall throughout the season.
During the 2012-13 season, Blues won just six games at Roots Hall, but have picked up 11 victories in the league this time around, losing just five of those 23 matches.
A draw however, of which Blues have had seven, will not do, but Brown is confident his side can turn the tie in their favour, saying no-one has ever won a game at half-time.
He said: “We were pleased with the performance but not the result last weekend, and there were definitely positives to take from the game.
“No-one has ever won a game of football at half-time, and we’re now coming into the second-half at Roots Hall, which I believe will favour us.
“A year ago I may not have said that, but my message to the players when I first arrived was to step up to the plate at Roots Hall, and that’s what they’ve done.
“We’ve got a result from 18 of the 23 league games at home this season, but we know on this occasion a draw will not do for us.
“If it’s still 0-0 or we’re trailing by a goal still coming into the final five minutes it will be all about bottle and making sure we take any opportunity that falls our way.”
Blues have conceded just four games in their last 11 matches, and Brown says the foundations for victory on Saturday will be built from there.
He added: “We’ve got a tremendous defensive record in recent weeks, conceding just four goals in our last 11 matches, which is something excellent to build from.
“It’s a supposed makeshift back four at the moment, compared to the start of the season. If you’d had said John Egan and Jakub Sokolik would be in the back four, I’d have asked who they were.
“But they’ve come in and done a fantastic job, that’s the foundation that we must build from on Saturday to hopefully turn it around and get to Wembley.”