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Phil Brown: Blades clash will be a six-pointer for both sides

13 November 2015

The boss is relishing the challenge at Bramall Lane on Saturday, but admits he does have injury problems.

Southend United manager Phil Brown wants to see three main qualities from his side when the Blues head north to take on Sheffield United on Saturday.

Brown’s men go into the game on the back of a JPT victory against Bristol Rovers, and the boss believes it will be a mouth-watering match in the steel city, claiming the game as a ‘six-pointer’.

“I need energy in the team and the same kind of mentality as well as the quality,” he said.

“If we bring this to the party then we’ll get something from the game up at Bramall Lane.

“There’s 1.2m people in Sheffield and it’s a massive city with two good clubs. United are on the shirt tails of Wednesday at the moment and we need to stand up against them.

“They’ll be classing it as a six-pointer and so will we. We look back and think we’ve thrown away four points in the game against Rochdale and Gillingham.

“We go into the game knowing we can beat anybody in this division.”

And the boss also confessed that he has a number of doubts for the game against the Blades, with a positive in the fact Michael Timlin is back in contention following suspension.

“It’s probably my worst time at the club in terms of the length and longevity of the injury list. 

“Anthony Wordsworth will be out for a long time, Gary Deegan and Stephen McLaughlin are on crutches, Cian Bolger has a back injury, Myles Weston has a foot injury and Noel Hunt is still a little way off.

“We have concerns but we’ll know more nearer the game, although we have no concerns from the Bristol Rovers game and Michael Timlin is back from suspension.”

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