Blues manager previews the weekend's trip to Peterborough United.Southend United Manager Phil Brown said it’s been a week of hard work and togetherness, as his side look to get back to winning ways at Peterborough United on Saturday.
The Blues go in to the game looking to bounce back from a run of three defeats, and see the game at London Road as the perfect opportunity to do that.
One problem Brown has looked to address this week is the issue of conceding goals, after Blues let in 11 in their last three games; uncharacteristic of a side who boasted one of the best defensive records in the league going in to the festive period.
Looking to rediscover the solidity of the back four, Brown said “We’ve looked to address the problem in a couple of ways.
“There’s always an idea where you can leave players out, but just the dropping of a player is not necessarily the answer.
“The work on the training ground, the unit work that we do, the individual work that we do, and the collective work that we do is pieced together during the course of the week.
“When it comes to Thursday and Friday, you’re working towards what the opposition is going to do and how they can play.
“Peterborough play a very open game, very attractive and dynamic, and we have a game plan to try and counter that.”
The Blues come up against a Peterborough side who currently sit three points, and three places above the Blues in the play-off positions.
Brown highlighted the size of the task ahead, but states his players are more than capable of gaining a positive result from the fixture.
“To be able to stop them takes hard work, experience, togetherness, a formation and belief.” He added.
“Hopefully what we’ve done this week, since the end of the Swindon game, will go a long way to arresting the situation, and get us back on a winning track.”
“We’ve won enough games at this level to know that we can win, and we’ve got enough talent and experience in that dressing room to win.
“If we bring our best game to the table, it will make out to be a great game of football, and hopefully the best team wins.”
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