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Match Preview: Phil Brown on test against Accrington Stanley

12 February 2015

The boss has a selection headache again, ahead of Stanley clash.

Southend United manager Phil Brown insists he is likely to have another selection headache for the game against Accrington Stanley at Roots Hall on Saturday.

Brown’s side have registered four victories from their last five games in the division, but injuries could see a couple of key men miss out on the match against the Lancastrians.

“The good news is that we have Kevan Hurst back, and he should be fine to be involved,” Phil said.

“Ben Coker came out of the game with a knock on his hip, and he’s on the treatment table this morning. He could be a doubt. This means that the likes of Luke Prosser, Adam Barrett and Cian Bolger could come into the reckoning.

“Adam Thompson has also said that his thigh is tight, and he could be a doubt as well.

“The one thing on our side is a strong squad. We want continuity. We have a clean sheet mentality but it’s one game at a time. Accrington Stanley will be stubborn and rigid, and will be a tougher test than what Cheltenham were on Tuesday.”

And Brown also praised the contribution of strikers Joe Pigott and Jake Cassidy, with the Blues boss feeling the tide has turned for Southend in the final third of the pitch.

“Joe and Jake have struck up a good partnership.,” Brown said.

“We’re spending more time in the final third with the pair of them up front. The first goal from Joe on Tuesday emphasises what a striker is all about.

“We’re getting a lot more quality in the penalty box and it’s staying in there, which means we are creating chances.”

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