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Phil Brown: Despite their league position, the game against Carlisle United won't be easy

26 February 2015

Brown backing his side to get back to winning ways on Saturday.

Southend United manager Phil Brown says that despite Carlisle United’s positioning in the league, the clash against the Cumbrians ‘won’t be easy’.

Brown comes up against a friend of his in the form of Keith Curle, and knows that Blues have to get back to winning ways having suffered defeats in the last two games.

“There’s been a lot of soul searching this week,” Brown admits.

“It’s been a long week for us but we have to arrest the situation of last week’s uncharacteristic collapse.

“We trained well on Monday and Tuesday, and we get set for the business end of the week when Carlisle come to Roots Hall.

“I know Keith Curle very well. They have lost the last three on the bounce, but those defeats have been against Luton, Shrewsbury and Wycombe. 

“It won’t be an easy game for us on Saturday, despite where Carlisle are in the table.”

And Brown wants to ‘put on a show’ at Roots Hall on Saturday, adding that he’s pleased to see his team scoring more goals, following a lack of goals during parts of December and early January.

“Joe Pigott has five goals in his last eight, Barry Corr has got four in his last five starts and I believe Jake will start scoring goals as well. 

“We have the likes of Myles Weston Shaq Coulthirst and Lee Barnard too, which shows the strength of the side.

“We want to put on a show at Roots Hall, and I’m not one for wholesale changes. It was rare of me to do that against Stevenage, but there’s a chance there will be one or two on Saturday.

“We’ve got a full squad almost. Lee Barnard has put his hat in the ring, but Mads Ibenfeldt remains on the sidelines.”


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