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Match Preview: Phil Brown wants improvement from his players against Exeter City

17 October 2014

Southend United manager Phil Brown want to see a response from his side following a run of two consecutive defeats in Sky Bet League Two.

The Blues suffered defeat last week at Luton Town’s Kenilworth Road and boss Brown wants to see a big improvement from the game, when Exeter City visit Roots Hall on Saturday.

“We’ve had the players in all week,” Brown said.

“They have to rely on each other when they go across the white line.

“We had a great travelling support at Luton and I was so disappointed that we couldn’t get the result for them.

“I want to see improvement from the Luton result. We’ve certainly worked on the mistakes and learned from them.”

And Brown believes a behind closed doors game at Ipswich Town on Tuesday was great benefit to his side.

The final score finished 2-2 – with Will Atkinson scoring a brace for Southend – and Brown feels the demons from the Luton game were eradicated.

“A lot of the boys had some good game time against Ipswich – the likes of Michael Timlin played an hour.

“It was certainly a worthwhile game. It helped get the Luton result out of our system.”

But Brown does have injury problems in defence once again, admitting that centre back pair Luke Prosser and Cian Bolger are both doubtful for the game against the Grecians.

“Luke Prosser hasn’t trained all week but he’s been with the strength and conditioning coach.

“Cian Bolger will be 50/50 to play on Saturday and, David Worrall and Michael Timlin both played well against Ipswich. Ryan Leonard will play some part in the game against Exeter.”


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