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Phil Brown: Dagenham & Redbridge is always a tough place to go

12 March 2015

The boss wants Blues to be 'ruthless' ahead of run in.

Southend United manager Phil Brown is expecting another tricky fixture against Dagenham & Redbridge in Sky Bet League Two, saying a trip to Victoria Road is always 'a tough place to go'.

Blues have a decent record on their travels to the east London club, but Brown is insiting it won't be an easy game against Wayne Burnett's side.

“They have an ageing striker in Jamie Cureton who has scored a lot of goals, and that's probably a big reason why they've picked up points since the turn of the year.

“Wayne won't be resting on their position at the moment. Financial constraints meant Wayne had to take a chance on some players – one of which is Andre Boucaud - and he's really getting a tune out of them at the moment.

“It's all about bottle at both ends. We want to get back to that clean sheet mentality again. We need to bring our best game to the table on Saturday. Dagenham have a siege mentality. 

“It's never an easy place to go to and we had 1,200 fans there last season – I'm sure we'll get that at least again.

“We have 11 games to go and we need to be ruthless now. We want to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.”

A formation change has seen an alteration to Southend's fortunes, and the boss is pleased with the attacking options available to him ahead of the run in.

“Barry has been crying out for two up front. We went away from 4-4-2 and went 4-3-3. We've tweaked the system slightly recently. 

“On Saturday we had a decision to make after Will Atkinson's injury. Kevan Hurst came in and has been pulling up trees in training. Kevan's a threat on the wing, as is David Worrall and Myles Weston.”

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