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BROWN | Saturday is all about 'keeping the season alive'

7 April 2016

Blues Boss previews Fleetwood clash

Southend United Manager, Phil Brown says the weekend’s game with Fleetwood Town is all about keeping the season alive.

The Blues Boss takes his side into the game looking to bounce back from the Blackpool defeat last time out, and feels a win on Saturday will create further belief around Roots Hall.

“As far as I’m concerned my job now is to make sure that the players understand that with six games to go it isn’t over.

“It isn’t over by a long way, and the only way to make sure that it goes to the last game is to win the next five.

“That’s what we did last year, that’s what we’re going to have to do this year, but it doesn’t get further than Saturday.

“Come 5pm on Saturday, you’ll be asking me one of two questions; is it over? Or does that keep it alive? And hopefully the answer is that it keeps it alive.”

Southend come up against a Fleetwood side who will be full of confidence following a midweek victory over Peterborough United.

The Blues Manager was full of praise for Steven Pressley’s side on the back of that impressive victory, expecting a tough encounter on Saturday.

“Brian Horton was at the match on Tuesday and he witnessed a great performance.

“They played a diamond formation in midfield, and I know Steven Pressley very well and he wants to play football.

“But when you’re in that situation where you’re fighting for your lives it’s very difficult to get your footballing points of view across as people are nervous and there’s tension involved

“So plaudits to him on Tuesday for going and beating Peterborough, a side who had rekindled a bit of form the weekend before.”

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