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BROWN | Blues Boss on Walsall test

14 April 2016

Brown says his players must play with confidence on Saturday

Southend United Manager, Phil Brown is hoping his side approach Saturday’s game against Walsall with their ‘tails up’ and claim all three priceless points.

The Blues come up against the Saddlers who are fighting for automatic promotion, and will be approaching the game full of confidence themselves after a midweek victory over Gillingham.

Brown, who was in attendance to watch Walsall’s win in midweek is expecting a tough encounter on Saturday at Banks’s Stadium.

“It’s not often you get to see the opposition, but on Tuesday night, myself and Graham Coughlan went across to Gillingham and watched, what I’ve got to say, was one of the best performances I’ve seen all year.” He said.

“They are a very well organised team, and they are a team that’s not in great form from a promotion perspective, so to go to Gillingham with the game plan they did is all the more impressive.

“So it’s going to be a difficult match based on the fact that they are a very good footballing team.”

Blues go into the game nine points off the play-offs, and will be hoping to cut that gap come full time on Saturday.

Brown says that although the odds are stacked against his side, whilst there is still hope mathematically, the players will continue to fight.

“We’ve got to go there with our tails up. Apart from the last minute equaliser against Fleetwood I thought it was a good performance.

“I thought we played well enough to win the game, and our talisman, Jack Payne gets himself on the scoresheet again, so it could be a game for the number tens on Saturday.

“Our challenge is we’ve got five games to go, and we’ve got to win the next one of the five to give us any hope.

“It’s a glimmer of hope, but it’s a hope so we’ve got to go there with a positive game plan to try and win the game.”

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