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Interview: Phil Brown on injuries and Academy Day

23 September 2014

Blues boss Phil Brown was in good spirits during last night's fans' forum up in the Blues Lounge at Roots Hall.

Brown, whose side have won their last three games, ahead of a home Sky Bet League Two tie against Shrewsbury Town answered questions posed by supporters and discussed Blues' injury list, which appears to be getting better.

“Hopefully Cian Bolger and Barry Corr will be back on the training pitch later this week,” the Blues manager said.

“Ryan Leonard's recovering well and I think Michael Timlin wanted to be named on the bench at York! Things are improving on the injury front and that's after winning three in a row, so hopefully when everyone's fit there will be a selection headache for me.

“If we win on Saturday then we're up to where we want to be points-wise. If we maintain the same points on a regular basis by winning on Saturday then we'll win the league. We're aiming for getting two points per hame on average come the end of the season."

Looking ahead to Blues' Academy Day against Shrewsbury, Brown admits he's proud to see Southend United players coming through to play a part in the first team at the Club.

The likes of goalkeeper Dan Bentley and goalscoring midfielder Jack Payne have starred for Blues and Brown's aiming to continue bringing players through.

“It's brilliant for me having so many talented young players getting developed by our Academy. I've given 27 or 28 young lads opportunities in my career. I gave Giles Barnes, Lionel Ainsworth and Lewin Nyatanga their debuts and they've gone on to do really well.

“Who can ever say when the right time is to give players debuts? You have to blood them at the right time and we're seeing the fruits of our labour. Jack Payne's now made his debut, scored his first goal and is doing well and Dan Bentley has played 70 games.

“Ted Smith is another who will have a great career. Dan's knocking at the door of the England under-21s. We gave seven players contracts this year and we have three promising strikers in Ellis Brown, Isaac Layne and Jason Williams.

“You can never tell if the players will make it and I think there is only a 2% success rate throughout Academy development but we're doing very well with our young players.”

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