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Phil Brown: Discussions with players are 'plodding along'

17 July 2015

The boss admits there will be 'a couple of trialists' against Braintree Town tonight.

Southend United manager Phil Brown admits discussions with players are ‘plodding along’, as he bids to add more bodies to his squad.

Brown’s side face two friendlies in two days – travelling to Braintree Town tonight (17th) and West Ham United at Roots Hall tomorrow (18th) – having played Great Wakering Rovers on Wednesday evening.

And Brown was content with the performance at Burroughs Park – with Blues winning 1-0.

“I was very pleased with what I saw,” the manager reflected.

“Defensively we looked solid and organised. We were slightly disappointing going forward but that will come. The game was thrown at the youngsters at the 11th hour.

“The Braintree and West Ham games will serve the first team better. It’ll be a case of 30 minutes for one game and 60 minutes for another for the players over Friday and Saturday.

“If I take Ted Smith and Dan Bentley as an example. Ted will play 60 in one of the games, Dan will do the same in another. It’ll be a good test – Braintree always is.

“They have a new manager – Alan Devonshire has moved on. They always apply themselves well.

“We’ll have a couple of trialists against Braintree – you have to remember that a couple of years ago we managed to get Ben Coker after the friendly there.

“Then we have West Ham, which will be another good test. Hopefully a big crowd will come down and see the two new lads.”

The boss has already brought striker David Mooney and midfielder Anthony Wordsworth to the Club, and says he will be continuing talks with a number of options.

“Anthony Wordsworth has shown what he’s got in training. We’ll want him on the ball as much as we can throughout the season. David Mooney is a clever player, and the striking situation needs to be addressed as well.

“We’re plodding along with Gary Deegan and Adam Thompson. The chairman has been very supportive. I’ll be meeting players over the next couple of weeks.”

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