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Phil Brown: We still have injury concerns ahead of Scunthorpe United challenge

24 September 2015

The boss admits his side remain the walking wounded heading into clash with the Iron at Roots Hall.

Southend United boss Phil Brown is looking forward to pitting his wits against an old friend in Mark Robins on Saturday when his Scunthorpe United side visit Roots Hall.

Blues head into the game on the back of a terrific performance and result against Millwall last week .

And the boss wants his side to entertain the home support on Saturday as we bid to make it two wins in a week.

“Where Scunthorpe's concerned we need to patient,” Brown admitted.

“They're not going to give us anything for nothing. It's out responsibility to entertain the home fans and that's what we intend to do.

“I've come across Mark Robins many times. He's a feisty character and is a student of the game. He's surrounded himself with good people. I believe Ned Kelly's gone in there as part of his backroom staff.

“We watched them at Colchester two or three weeks ago and they're very strong on the frontline. He's got his teeth into the job there despite not having been there all that long.

“Paddy Madden has played slightly out of position. Mark's gone with [Darius] Henderson or [Tom] Hopper through the middle recently. Mark also has a Dutchman called Kevin van Veen and Madden is a goal threat but he will probably be out on the right wing on Saturday.”

And despite being the walking wounded last week, Brown still has question marks regarding the availability of a number of players.

“Noel Hunt is still on the treatment table and will probably train tomorrow. John White is on the treatment table, Adam Barrett hasn't trained since the game, Kevan Hurst is on the treatment table and Stephen McLaughlin is still trying to get over his virus. Ben Coker will probably be added to the squad for Saturday.”

You can watch the full interview with the boss on Blues Player HD by clicking here.

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