Phil Brown is calling for a carnival atmosphere at Roots Hall for Saturday’s fixture v Bristol Rovers (3pm kick off).Southend go into the weekend looking to make it back to back victories after the 3-0 win over Sheffield United in the week and register their first home win of the season.
Brown is hoping the home crowd can play their part in making sure the Blues get the three points against a tough and dynamic opposition led by Rovers Manager, Darrell Clarke.
“I think Darrell (Clarke) is not set on one system and not set on one team, he varies it.
“He’s very open and expansive and wants to play that way, but could be playing any system and any personnel so what I learnt watching them last night is that I’ve got to be prepared for anything and our players have got to be prepared for anything.
“Bottom line is that we’ll want to produce what we did on Tuesday against Bristol Rovers at home.
“That is a key factor, that support at home. A lot of managers say it’s hard to win your home games but if Roots Hall is rocking then it’s not difficult at all.
“That’s what we need, we need that support to get behind the team and if there is any flack to be flying around give it to me.”
One player Southend will be without for this weekend’s fixture is Nile Ranger after the striker injured his ankle at Bramall Lane.
After scans yesterday revealed the extent of the damage sustained, Ranger is looking at 4-6 weeks out of action which Brown says is a big blow to the team given the impact he had in 25 minutes at Sheffield United.
“Unfortunately he (Ranger) went over on his ankle.
“The massive positive, and it has to be said that it is a positive, is that there is no breakage in the bone after we had to x-ray it yesterday.
“He’ll have another one today and he’ll also have an MRI scan and a more in-depth scan to see what the damage of the ankle ligament is.
“At the moment it’s looking like it’s going to be a grade two rather than a grade one ankle strain and that could be four to six weeks which is bad news.
“We’re not a one-man band by any stretch of the imagination but it’s the effect of big players and the effect they have on your team and the opposition.
Sometimes when these guys are on, they’re sometimes unplayable so the guy that steps into his shoes has got to step up to the plate, it’s as simple as that.”
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