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Phil Brown: I'm pleased with progress but we need home form to continue on Saturday

16 October 2015

Brown aiming for third consecutive victory at Roots Hall for Tykes tie.

Southend United manager Phil Brown is thrilled with the competition for places and believes the new summer signings are beginning to 'find their feet' with the Blues.

Brown's men could make it three wins from three games at Roots Hall if they register a victory against Barnsley on Saturday, and the boss is pleased with his side's progress.

“I'm delighted with our form to be honest,” he said.

“We looked at it four or five games in and there was a lot of quality. I think the new signings are really starting to find their feet for us now.

“All the players are coming to the party, the team spirit is good and they all get on together. Of course, winning games certainly helps this!

“We've worked with them and they're getting hold of it now in the league. We've had Luke O'Neill in at right back and now John White's back in there after coming back agaisnt Crawley, so this shows the competition for places we have here.”

And the Blues manager is looking forward to pitting his wits against another one of the Johnson clan, when Lee brings his Barnsley team to Roots Hall.

The boss earned promotion to the Premier League after defeating Gary Johnson's Bristol City during his days as Hull City boss.

And Brown's challenging his players to get the win in front of the home supporters again, but knows he will be without midfielder Gary Deegan for the match against the Tykes due to suspension.

“It's another Johnson that we take on on Saturday. There's loads of them! In all seriousness, I know his father Gary very well and I'm sure Lee will go on to go far in the game as well.

“We have got a space available due to Gary Deegan's suspension, whilst Michael Timlin's rib injury is just a bruise, rather than a break, which is great news.

“Collectively everyone is fighting for the cause and the shirt and there's nobody in the division that's more committed than Gary Deegan this season.

“It's about players coming in and keeping the shirt now.”

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