Blues' boss says the recent form means his side will head into the second-leg with complete focus
Phil Brown says Southend United’s recent form means they are heading into the play-off with complete focus, and the right mentality they need to progress to Wembley and then seal promotion.
Brown has been delighted with his side’s form in recent weeks, as they lost just one of their final ten games of the regular season.
That was a 1-0 defeat to AFC Wimbledon, in a game Blues’ boss felt they should have won, and he is relishing the prospect of heading into the play-offs in this sort of form.
He said: “You can probably tell from the players’ attitude how much everyone is looking forward to the play-offs. They are excited, they are motivated and they are relishing the prospect of taking on Burton Albion.
“We finished the season very strongly. In February and March, it was tough talking to the press because we just wanted to do our job and end the disappointing run.
“We came through that and had a very positive end to the season. The weather has turned for the better and it has helped as the results have followed.
“We’re the form team at the moment in terms of results in the last ten or so games, and Burton are in the poorest form out of the four, but it will all be about who turns up for the two games.
“We’ve got that clean sheet mentality that has helped us keep 20 this season, and we’re scoring goals. We’ve every reason to be positive heading there on Sunday.”
Brown has been impressed with the number of tickets sold so far, and believes the travelling support will play a massive part on Sunday.
He said: “The travelling support will play a big part on Sunday. If we can take over 40 per cent of the stadium, they will really be the 12th man with the noise they make.
“It will be huge for me and the players. We can all take reference from the 1-0 win there in October and the scenes when Freddy Eastwood scored the winning goal.
“We can really make it like a home leg to make sure we get the result to bring back to Roots Hall for the second. As I’ve said, the best team will shine through over the two games.”