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MATCH PREVIEW | Brown previews Port Vale

11 August 2016

The Blues Boss previews the trip to Vale Park and gives an injury update for Nile Ranger and Anthony Wordsworth.

Southend United Manager, Phil Brown is hoping for a strong performance from his players in their first away fixture of the season against Port Vale.

Blues travel to Vale Park on the back of a double defeat to neighbours Gillingham in the league and EFL Cup having lead in both games.

Brown, who’s squad has gone through a period of transition this summer, says there will be a number of key factors determining the outcome on Saturday.

“We’re only one game into the league campaign but the defeat last Saturday was disappointing.

“We’ve had a 21-man turnover and I think finding our feet, finding our own image, personality, and what we actually look like as a squad and a team is going to be a key factor.

“It’s something we came in yesterday and talked about and worked on, and we’ll be doing that again today and do that again tomorrow in regards to a game plan at Port Vale.

“It’s one of the biggest pitches in the league and that was a problem to us last year, but I think wingers, pace and energy levels are going to be important factors to try and win the game.

“But the most important thing is confidence and you can only get that from performance and from results and I think that is key in Saturday’s game.”

A positive going into the weekend’s fixture is that Nile Ranger could be in line to play some part after recovering from a groin injury.

Brown also said there was positive news on the injury front for Anthony Wordsworth, who recently had an operation on a hamstring injury.

“Nile Ranger will be in contention.

“Fingers crossed his comes through today and tomorrow and he may be playing some part on Saturday.

“Anthony Wordsworth had his operation last Saturday morning and the operation was a success.

“The nerve that enveloped around the tendon causing the problem has now been cleared through the operation so fingers crossed in 2-3 weeks we should be seeing Anthony back on the training ground.”

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