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Brown | “This game is an opportunity.”

25 February 2016

Blues Boss previews the trip to Port Vale tomorrow night.

Southend United Manager Phil Brown is viewing the game against Port Vale tomorrow night as a chance to steal a march on the play-off pack and make a statement to the rest of the league.

The Blues go in to the game looking to build on an impressive victory over table toppers Burton Albion last time around.

Now back to winning ways, Brown is eyeing a level a consistency from his players as they look to pick up pace on their play-off charge.

“This game is an opportunity.” He Said.

“I like that level of consistency in the performance of a player over the course of the season.

“To win three games on the bounce, then to lose three games on the bounce and then win the next one isn’t my idea of consistency.

“On Monday night, it was a good, solid, strong team performance and everything was working properly.

“Everything we planned to the detriment of Burton Albion actually worked, so we’ll have a similar type of game plan this time around.”

The Southend Boss takes his team to Vale Park having defeated their opponents 1-0 earlier in the season at Roots Hall.

With a larger playing surface on offer in this game, Brown is hoping to make it a double over Rob Page’s side.

“It’s a bigger pitch at Port Vale than what it is at Roots Hall.” He added.

“You’re talking about a couple more yards wider, which doesn’t sound like a lot but’s it’s a lot of pitch, it’s almost 400 square-yards extra.

“So there’s going to be areas where we can exploit the opposition, areas of the pitch where we can play some good football, but buoyed by the fact that we just beat the league leaders.”

With the rest of the league playing 24 hours later, a win for Southend could see them slide in to the play-off positions.

A chance that Brown is fully intending on taking.

“It doesn’t matter how long you’re in there, as long as you’re in the top-six you’re putting a marker down to the rest of the league.

“All of the other teams play on Saturday and they know we’re in and around the play-offs and they know what we’re about.”

“We’ve got to go out there on Friday night when the rest of the footballing world is looking at us, and as I say put a marker down with a win.”

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