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Phil Brown: It'll be a tough game but we'll head to Stevenage to win the match

8 May 2015

Boss says Blues will go for the win at Stevenage on Sunday.

Southend United manager Phil Brown is expecting a tough evening on Sunday, but insists his team will go to Stevenage to win.

The Blues take on a Boro side that finished a place below them in the table, and knows what Boro will bring when the clash takes place at the Lamex Stadium, kick off 6.35pm.

“It was a piece of cake to get people back up,” the boss said when asked about last week's defeat at Morecambe.

“It's a difficult one to swallow getting beat on the last day but we were our own worst enemy – we defended uncharacteristically.

“The resilience of the team was a key factor why we gave ourselves a great chance last week, but we have another chance to earn promotion now. 

“We need to relax – Preston got a goal after six minutes which settled them down. We will be tested and we'll need to be strong. One of the strongest performances at Roots Hall was against Stevenage. For 75 minutes at Stevenage we were the better team as well. The opposition have the tools to hurt us.”

And Brown is expecting another tough game against a physical Stevenage side, who finished the season in sixth place.

The boss feels the best home performance of the season was against Graham Westley's men – back in August, the first league match of the season at Roots Hall.

“Graham's a very clever man. They do play deep down and they have players that have been at a higher level and players that can win games and create problems. 

“We have to be prepared for them at their stadium and at Roots Hall.

“It's about who applies themselves and we'll go to the lion's den on Sunday backed by over 1,500 of our own supporters. 

“We have a 55% win ratio and have players that have gone into the Team of the Year awards. We have had massive positives this season but it's about who handles themselves the better both managerially and as a team. We'll go there with a positive mentality.”

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