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Phil Brown: Clash against Rochdale will be one for the purists

29 October 2015

Boss expecting an excellent watch for the game against the Dale at Roots Hall.

Southend United boss Phil Brown admits the game against Rochdale at Roots Hall on Saturday will be one for the purists.

The boss knows that a win will make it four home victories on the bounce at Blues' headquarters, but appreciates Keith Hill's side will be a tough nut to crack.

“I think about the sides who have got promoted two years ago and the ones that got promoted this year and the teams all seem to be doing well and holding their own in this division,” the boss said.

“Rochdale have been doing that for a couple of years now. I remember playing them in League 2 and Keith Hill's side played really good football. I don't think Keith's abandoned those principles and it should be a really good game of football.

“He's doing a great job on a tight budget and he's borrowed well – taking from Manchester City and Manchester United. He's certainly gelled a decent side and we need to bring our best game to the party as well.

“We're undefeated in the last three games at Roots Hall and we have an opportunity to stamp our mark on the division.”

And following a wretched run of games with a number of injuries, Brown says the majority of his squad are now fighting fit, heading into a key period of the season.

“Michael Timlin didn't play on Saturday due to his head injury but he's certainly put himself in the frame for a comeback against Rochdale.

“Adam Barrett is still not quite there but he may play a part against Scunthorpe United in the FA Cup and JPT against Bristol Rovers.

“Noel Hunt will miss out but apart from that, everyone is 100% fit.”

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