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Phil Brown: We need to go to Stevenage with the right mentality

19 February 2015

The boss wants his players to show their character at Broadhall Way on Saturday.

Southend United manager Phil Brown says his side have to go into Saturday’s game against Stevenage with ‘the right mentality’ if the Blues are to earn all three points against Graham Westley’s men.

And the boss also says that goalkeeper Dan Bentley could return to the starting lineup at Broadhall Way, but only is he comes through a training session tomorrow.

“Dan’s back in training today.,” Phil said.

“We’ll nurture him and see how he gets on. He’ll be a little bit more exposed tomorrow and if he comes through that then he should be fine to play against Stevenage on Saturday.

“He can do everything apart from kick it long, at this moment in time. If there’s one thing you need to do against Stevenage, it’s kick it long!

“I will be picking players who can withstand the onslaught. We need to go into the game with the right mentality if we are to win the match.

“Graham Westley has done very well at this level and higher. He has a rough and ready style of play, and they’ll be up for the fight, that’s for sure. Graham’s well versed on it, and I have no problems against that at all. We have to win the war on Saturday.”

And the Southend boss is pleased with the options available to him, with a number of players coming through the recent friendly match at Canvey Island.

Blues won 7-0, and Brown admitted it was a worthwhile exercise for players that haven’t been playing too regularly recently.

“I’ve been afforded 23 or 24 pros this year and we had nine or ten of them that played against Canvey Island. It was a good test of ourselves. Adam Barrett, Gary Deegan and Barry Corr were desperate to stay on the pitch at Canvey in a bid to get in my thoughts.”

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