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Phil Brown: Let's make sure Oxford United and Portsmouth results weren't a 'waste of time'

30 January 2015

The boss doesn't want the last two results going to waste, and wants three points against York City.

Southend United manager Phil Brown is delighted with the options in his squad, ahead of the Blues' home test against York City in Sky Bet League Two.

Brown has close to the full squad to pick from, with only two definite absentees when the Minstermen visit Roots Hall on Saturday.

And Brown doesn't want the two victories on the road at Oxford United and Portsmouth to be 'a waste of time'.

“The solid performances at Oxford and Portsmouth are something to be admired,” Brown said.

“The players showed pride in their performances. It would be a complete waste of time, effort and energy to come back to Roots Hall and not produce the same kind of performance.

“If we can win well or ugly, it will be another good test of character. On Saturday, we'll be looking to put on a show for the supporters and win the game.

“I think Will Atkinson has played a great part in being a wide midfielder or a central midfielder. David Worrall is an out-and-out winger, whilst Michael Timlin has come in for the suspended Gary Deegan.

“We've got a real nice set of options. It's about keeping the shirt for the players now.”

And on the squad for Saturday, Brown confirmed that only Barry Corr and Mads Ibenfeldt will be missing for the Blues.

“Adam Barrett and Lee Barnard are back in training, which is brilliant news,” said a delighted Brown.

“Barry Corr finds himself suspended and Mads Ibenfeldt is a long-term injury absentee. We'll be spoilt for choice this weekend. There's a good spirit and good feel about the place at the moment.”

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