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Brown | Boss previews Scunthorpe

11 February 2016

Southend Manager looking to carry on winning run at Glanford Park

Southend United Manager Phil Brown is looking to carry forward the momentum gained from recent results in to Saturday’s game at Scunthorpe United.

The Blues go in to the game on the back of three successive wins, undefeated in their last four games, registering three clean sheets and scoring eight goals in that time.

Phil Brown’s side, after a tricky start to the calendar year, are now firmly banging on the door of the play-off spots.

The reasons for the turnaround in form are multiple, Brown says.

“When you’ve won three games on the bounce, having lost three consecutive games, it’s always a time when you look back and you think to yourself about a few things.

“First thing is asking how you’ve done it, second is finding out what the key factor is between winning and losing games.

“The most factor for me looking at that, is continuity of team selection and a change in formation, and we’ve got both of them right at this moment in time.

“So there’s not going to be the need for wholesale changes, however Ryan Leonard is obviously out injured, and will be out for some time.

“So they’ll be one place up for grabs, and not only that, the substitutes that came against Colchester made a massive difference to the team, and they have staked a claim.

The Blues come up against a Scunthorpe side who are a team in transition following the exit of Boss, Mark Robins.

Under the stewardship of Nick Daws and Andy Dawson, the Iron have won their last two games, and appear much revived under a new formation.

Brown, who knows Dawson well from their time together at Hull City, says his players will have to bring their best to the table to get a result in this one.

“I’ve got to team to select, and a formation to think about, bearing in mind that Scunthorpe have changed to a diamond formation.

“They’re playing their goalscorer, Paddy Madden, in a goal-scoring position, whereas before the previous incumbent, he seemed to be playing out wide.

“Madden is playing down the middle now with Tom Hopper, and that in itself will cause us a problem, so we’ll have to cater for that.

“Because of a change in Manager they’ve now got a new regime behind them; whether that’s temporary or permanent, I don’t know.

“They’ve won two on the bounce, they’ve conceded only once and scored five so I think that bodes well both in an attacking sense and defensively for them.

“I know the two characters standing on their touchline very well, so it’s not going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination.

“We’ve got our homework done, and we’ll cater for the challenge.”


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