The boss looks ahead to the challenge of Bury on Saturday at Roots Hall in Sky Bet League Two
Southend United manager Phil Brown want his side to ‘set the standards from last season’ as his side aim to bounce back and pick up the three points against Bury on Saturday.
Brown was disappointed following his side’s defeat to Newport County on Tuesday and wants to be a much happier manager come 5pm on Saturday.
“It's been a frustrating time. One point from 12 isn't good enough and analysing how many games we deserved to win, draw and lose; we haven't got our just rewards.
“At Newport we should have come away with something and I was disappointing with the reaction after we went 1-0 down. That's life at the moment and you have to remain focused in beliefs that we are a good team. We have good options ahead of Bury.
“We haven't quite got to the standards we set last year. We're creating the chances and I've been pleased with the application to pick up the different systems that we have used.
Brown praised the support at Newport’s Rodney Parade on a cold night and also believes high flying Bury will prove stern opposition.
The Blues boss does have good news with the return to training for current Blue – and former Bury man – David Worrall returning to training after missing out on the game in Wales in midweek.
“We had to make changes to get back in the game and I do feel for the 149 fans that travelled to Newport. They gave a lot of time, effort and energy to go to Wales and support the team.
“David Worrall is in training today and we'll soon pick a team for Bury. They'll be smarting from a strange old week of beating Portsmouth 3-0 and then losing 5-0 to Shrewsbury. They have a good side there. I know David Flitcroft well and it should be a good spectacle.
“We've also been smarting by three or four performances where we shouldn't have got beat.”