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Phil Brown: It's time to set the record straight in cup final vs. Luton Town

23 April 2015

Boss wants big crowd at Roots Hall to roar the players on against the Hatters.

Southend United boss Phil Brown wants his side to 'put the record straight' when Luton Town make the trip to Roots Hall on Saturday.

The Blues manager wants the home support to get behind the team for what will hopefully be the final home match of the season, and is treating the clash with the Hatters as a cup final.

“I don't normally describe league games as cup finals but this one against Luton Town is, because if we win we know we can take it down to the last game of the season at Morecambe,” the 55-year-old said.

“Post-Burton was a similar feeling to the play-off defeat last season. It's spurred us on and has been a massive motivation. The players were hurting after that game and everyone shared that pain. The response from the players has been immense and the seven games after Burton has made this a cup game.

“If we win the cup final on Saturday against we'll have another one next Saturday. Even if we draw, we'll still be looking at the Wycombe and Bury results. It keeps the season alive and it will make for a real barnstorming finale.”

And Brown knows it will be a tough game, with Luton having a couple of strikers he knows well from his time at a previous club and with the Blues.

Southend suffered a disappointing defeat at Kenilworth Road earlier in the campaign, and Brown wants his troops to gain revenge.

“It's got a twist to it with Elliot Lee,” Brown said with a smile.

“He got injured after 35 minutes of his first training session and by the time we went back in for him we'd got Joe Pigott and Jake Cassidy. They also have Mark Cullen up front. I gave him his first contract at Hull City and it's nice to see him doing well. It'll be a battle of the strikers. 

“We didn't turn up at Luton earlier in the season and we let the fans down. We need to put the record straight. I think Luton will turn up, so will we and it will be a brilliant game. I need 10,000 of our fans to turn up. We need to show how important this game is and the support has been magnificent all season.

“Let's make it the last game of the season at Roots Hall and then take things into the last game of the season at Morecambe.”

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