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Brown looking for a reaction at Bradford

16 February 2016

Phil Brown prepares for his 150th game in charge of the Blues

Phil Brown is expecting a reaction from his players when they take on Bradford City tonight at Valley Parade.

The Blues take on the Bantams in what will be Brown’s 150th  match in charge of Southend United, and the boss is looking to celebrate with three precious points.

Southend go in to game looking to get back to winning ways after the weekend’s defeat to Scunthorpe United.

Brown on the evidence of that game, is looking to make a few changes to the side in an attempt to revitalize the team.

“I’ll be looking to see a reaction performance wise more than anything else.” He said.

“We’ll prepare properly, and I’m going to make changes to make sure that energy and quality levels in the team are better than Saturday.

“So we’re looking for a reaction, we’re looking for a side that’s going to go out there and represent Southend United to the best of their ability.”

This fixture was originally scheduled for the 12th December, but was postponed due to a waterlogged surface.

A win could see Southend steal a march on the play-off contenders, but while Brown is looking to cash in on the Blues game in hand, he isn’t looking beyond the test tonight.

“This is a game to get our game in hand on the rest of the teams around us and try and make some ground on the play-off positions.” He added.

“One thing I will say though is that we’re focusing on it one game at a time; I think that’s got to be the message to everybody.

“We’ve got to forget about the play-offs, forget about the league table and let’s just focus on the next game, and that’s Bradford City and it’s going to be a tough one.”

The Blues come up against a Bradford outfit that enjoyed an impressive 4-0 victory over Peterborough United on Saturday.

As the buoyant Bantams punished a cup-hungover Posh, Brown stated the importance of preparation for this one.

“Bradford caught Peterborough at the right time, and got a great 4-0 win which I think shocked everybody.

“They’ve gone back to that tried and tested 4-4-2 which has always worked well for Phil Parkinson’s teams.

“We’ll have a game plan in regards to dealing with that, but not just dealing with it, getting our foot on the ball which we didn’t do on Saturday.”

As the Blues boss prepares to take his place in Southend dugout for 150th time, it ironically comes against the side he faced in his very first game in charge at the club.

The game at Valley Parade that day ended in a draw, and 149 games later, Brown is hoping to go one better this time.

“The first game was a 2-2 draw having led at half-time and I remember it as if it was yesterday.

“I think there’s only Paul Smith still in the squad from that day. There’s been lots of changes from both teams after going in to a higher division.

“When that whistle blows it’s not about my 150th game, it’s about getting three more points on board and hopefully when the players cross that white line it will happen.”

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