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Phil Brown: We must improve ahead of Fleetwood Town opener next week

2 August 2015

Boss disappointed with first half performance from his team.

Southend United manager Phil Brown reflected on an 'unacceptable' first half performance from his team as the Blues suffered a defeat in their final pre-season friendly – against Leyton Orient - before the season starts at Fleetwood Town on Saturday,

The boss gave new signing Noel Hunt a debut for the second half but was disappointed from what he saw from his team in the first 45 minutes.

“It was a very interesting day for a couple of reasons,” the boss began.

“Prior to the game you're looking at a team that has been relegated but has a new manager who has turned a few things around, and it was also a local derby. 

“There wasn't too many of my players in the first half who really staked a claim. The first half performance was unacceptable.”

But the boss was pleased with new man Hunt's contribution, believing that the mentality and work rate of the Irish hitman will be 'priceless'.

“Noel got in positions and worked centre halves. He had a few shots at goal, worked hard and that sort of mentality will be priceless for us.

“Noel will get chances and score goals. He has a little bit of a way to go but on today he's certainly staked a claim for a start.

“Brian Horton has joined and we've brought him in after his release from Doncaster Rovers. He'll be another to be priceless for us. David Mooney, Anthony Wordsworth and Noel Hunt are quality additions and there could be another one of two coming in.”

And Brown is relishing the challenge of League 1, ahead of its big kick off next week for the Blues at Highbury Stadium.

“There's some good teams in League 1 and it will be a great test.

“Fleetwood will have their tails up after a defeat against Getafe and can work a few different systems. The surface is good there and we know it will be a tricky game.”


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