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Interview: Brown wants to make it a perfect week at York

18 September 2014

Blues boss Phil Brown wants more from his side when he takes his Southend United troops to York City despite two great wins already this week.

Following on from a pair of wins against both Portsmouth and Cheltenham Town, Brown's expecting another tricky test against Nigel Worthington's Minstermen, who themselves finished with Blues in the play-offs last season.

“We've returned to our clean sheet mentality and it's the work on the training ground that's doing it," Brown says. "We go up to York buoyed by the fact we've got two wins and two clean sheets under our belts.

“We know it'll be a tough game, they have a number of players who are very capable of this level.

“The manager up there has put a side together that haven't lost too many games but also haven't won too many. They've won one, drawn six and lost one. We've got to look to exploit what's wrong up there."

And Brown's looking forward to seeing someone who impressed in a Blues shirt last season, with York's Anthony Straker up against a number of his former team-mates.

“It'll be nice to see Strakes, he's a good character and a good lad. He had a great relationship with Ben Coker down the left-hand side last season.

“He'll find the left side very different. It'll be interesting talking to him after the game, it's more Phil Brown's side than Paul Sturrock's side now and my kind of player are in the squad.

“It'll be an interesting game at Bootham Crescent and if Strakes plays good luck to him but hopefully we can come out on top to make it a fantastic week for us."

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