Blues' boss expecting special atmosphere when we welcome Burton Albion to Roots Hall
Southend United manager Phil Brown is expecting a ‘special atmosphere’ at Roots Hall on Saturday as his side take on Burton Albion in their League 2 Play-off second leg.
Blues trail 1-0 after the first leg at the Pirelli Stadium, and Brown believes the home support will be absolutely crucial in the game on Saturday, kick-off midday.
Over 5,800 home tickets have already been sold for the fixture, and Blues’ boss is hopeful of a sell out home crowd to cheer his side on to Wembley.
He said: “I’m sure there will be a very special atmosphere at Roots Hall on Saturday because we all know what is at stake, and that is a place in a Wembley final.
“Your support will be vital, because following Saturday’s game, we find ourselves a goal behind at half-time and we’ve got to look to turn things around.
“We turned things around against Portsmouth in the first game on the new year, and I remember that one very fondly. The crowd got us that 90th minute winner.
“Then you look at games like York City, and another 90th minute winner, and Chesterfield where we won 3-0, the fans were fantastic that night. Then of course there was Millwall in the FA Cup in a game that had everything.
“I can’t stress how important your support will be on Saturday, and sales are looking good at this stage, but it’d be great to see a full house at Roots Hall.”
Brown also thanked supporters who backed Blues in the first leg, and was just disappointed not to have rewarded them with a goal.
He added: “Bearing in mind our support was as big as one of their home attendances this season, it tells you everything you need to know about the number we took.
“Their support was superb throughout and it was just a shame we couldn’t reward all of the travelling fans with a goal, especially in the second-half as we pushed on.
“It’s a half-time score at this stage, nothing is won or lost, but I felt we put a marker down in the way we played and I don’t think anyone can say we didn’t deserve something from the game.
“The game is finely balanced and it should make for a cracking second leg, but the 12th man support at Roots Hall could prove crucial.”