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Phil Brown: It's our worst week in terms of injuries, ahead of Millwall clash

17 September 2015

The boss reveals he has a number of injury doubts ahead of trip to the Den.

Southend United manager Phil Brown admits he has a number of injury problems ahead of the game at Millwall on Saturday at the Den.

Blues will be aiming to bounce back from last week’s disappointment against Shrewsbury Town, and Brown wants his players to be ‘stubborn’ against Neil Harris’ Lions.

“The attitude and mentality will be much different for the game,” Brown said.

“We’re going into the Lions’ Den, quite literally – and we’ll have to go in there with the right mentality.

“It’s our worst week so far. We have Noel Hunt on the treatment table, David Mooney’s had a neck spasm as well.

“Ben Coker went for a scan yesterday on a hamstring, so we’ll see how he is. Kevan Hurst and Paul Smith are major doubts, whilst Stephen McLaughlin has had a virus so we’ll have to check on him too.”

Despite the injuries at a crucial time for Brown, he revealed he and his side are looking forward to locking horns with Harris’ men, who were relegated from the Championship at the end of last season.

“A different mindset is required for Saturday,” the boss said defiantly. 

“We’re looking forward to the game. The first time Neil took the position we beat them 4-1 in the FA Cup. He’s still there and he’s plying his trade at the same level we are.

“It’s about being stubborn and you have to understand what it’s like to play for and to play against Millwall.

“We have experienced players in the form of Michael Timlin, Adam Barrett and Noel Hunt who have all played and won in hostile environments and we’ll have to pass that sort of experience around.”

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