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Phil Brown: Fans can play their part on Thursday night

13 May 2015

Boss wants a packed Roots Hall crowd to roar the team on.

Southend United manager Phil Brown has asked the supporters to get behind the Blues and make it another one of those 'big nights' at Roots Hall.

The Blues take on Stevenage in the second leg of the play-off semi-finals, in a winner takes all clash that will result in a trip to Wembley Stadium.

And Brown wants a packed Roots Hall to play their part on Thursday evening.

“It's a cliché but they can be the 12th man,” the boss said when asked about the impact the fans can make.

“We want a full house and to make it another one of those big nights. If you ask Adam Barrett he'll be able to recollect many a memorable night at Roots Hall. Let's hope we have another one on Thursday!

“I'd take a draw at half time in any game of football as it gives you a reason to go out in the second half, play, and go and win the game.

“I don't think the surface at Stevenage was conducive to play football but the surface at Roots Hall will play a big part in the style and type of game we'll play.

“It's quite simply a case of the better team being the one away from home at Stevenage. When you come back to Roots Hall we need to make sure we're the better team. I thought Sunday was brutal, it was a feisty encounter with a good tempo.”

Following the draw at Stevenage on Sunday, Brown wants his side to not take any risks in the second leg, particularly early on into the game.

“We'll be trying to play a lot more football and to work the opposition. There's no need for risks. We're not going to try and win the game in the very first minute. There's no away goals rule. We came away level and it's a case of bringing our best game to the table.

“The clean sheet mentality is something I want the team to have. We want to get both ends of the field right and need to go into the game with the right mentality.” 

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