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Match Preview: Phil Brown wants Blues to send Morecambe back to Lancashire unhappy

2 October 2014

The Blues boss wants his side to continue their winning streak, when Morecambe visit Roots Hall

Southend United manager Phil Brown admits he is pleased for Jim Bentley following Morecambe’s good start to the season but insists he’s aiming to make it a miserable afternoon for the Shrimps’ boss.

Blues boss Brown, who has led his side to four consecutive victories, is aiming to continue Blues’ blistering form when Morecambe swap their seaside for Southend’s on Saturday afternoon.

“Jim’s one of the good guys in the game,” Brown says. “He’s done a remarkable job again so far this season.

“He’s got himself another strong squad in this division that knows exactly what is expected.

“When you play for Jim Bentley, it’s so important to play in the right way, be dedicated and work hard and they’ve began very well.

“They’ve had a couple of indifferent performances by Jim and Morecambe’s standards.

“They’re in the top six and they are a good side. It may be a good time to catch them following their slightly poor run.

“We’ve spoken long and hard about the two league performances last season and the FA Cup game, and looking at what the difference was. We’ll need a good solid start, get the supporters behind us and the result will hopefully follow.”

And Brown is delighted with the competition for places in his Southend squad, with two defenders aiming to take the place of Luke Prosser, who has picked up an injury that may keep him out of the side for Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two game.

“Pross hasn’t been training all week,” Brown explains. “We’ve got the likes of Cian Bolger and Mads Ibenfeldt chomping at the bit to play. 

“If you’d told me that at the start of the season I’d be missing players like Ryan Leonard, Michael Timlin and Will Atkinson out of the side, I’d have said you’ve been drinking!

“Competition in the side is good though and we have players who can replace others.”

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