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Phil Brown: I have a selection headache for the trip to Exeter City

16 April 2015

The boss admits he has some tough decisions to make for the clash against the Grecians.

Southend United manager Phil Brown admits he has a 'selection headache' ahead of the trip west to take on Exeter City at St James Park.

Blues head to Devon on Friday to prepare for what could turn out to be a vital match for the Blues and their play-off chasing opponents in the Sky Bet League Two clash.

“Everyone has stepped up to the plate when they've been given their chance – Adam Barrett, Jake Cassidy, Gary Deegan, Cian Bolger,” the boss said on Thursday.

“You look on the sidelines and sometimes in the stand and the players could probably walk into any Sky Bet League Two teams.

“We've had continuity and I have a massive headache for the game against Exeter City. Barry Corr was on the bench because of a family problem, and David Worrall found himself out of the team because of a family problem as well. Players have grabbed their chance and are so focussed. It's a real recipe for success.”

And on the game against Paul Tisdale's side, Brown is expecting another tough afternoon, but has confidence that his side can take the three points back to Essex after the game.

“It'll be a tough test, that's for sure,” he said.

“Exeter still have an outside chance of getting in the play-offs. We'll need the three points. The burst their bubble on Tuesday by conceding a 102nd minute winner on Tuesday, so they'll be deflated.

“The likes of Tranmere Rovers have played against us with a tempo and I think when teams do that it helps us.

“We're up to 20 clean sheet now and everyone's playing their part. Hats off to the top three. They've set a fantastic pace so far and they continue to gallop. We come into a vein of form with four games to go.

“Barry Corr wants to play, so does Joe Pigott and Jake Cassidy. I have a big selection headache for Saturday but it's a good problem to have.”

You can watch the full interview with the boss on Blues Player by clicking here.

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