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Brown: Players must show their metal

21 January 2016

Blues boss previews Coventry clash.

Southend United Manager, Phil Brown is expecting another strong performance from his team, as his Blues side take on Coventry City at Roots Hall.

Southend go in to the game on the back of a battling draw at Peterborough United; where a late penalty save from Dan Bentley made it nine clean sheets in all competitions for the Blues this season.

Brown is demanding a similar tough performance from his players this weekend, citing it as an opportunity to kick start the second half of the season.

“It’s a great chance to get some momentum.” Said Brown.
   
“If you look at the potency of Peterborough’s strike force, and to get a clean sheet against them suggested that we were back at our resilient best.

“If that’s the case, we need to bring that to the party again against a very potent strike force in Coventry.”

The Blues lined up in the last game in a 5-3-2 formation and proved successful, showing strength at the back and chances to snatch a win at the other end of the pitch.

Brown praised the way his team bought in to the new tactic, and hopes for more of the same this time around.

“The formation that we played last Saturday was a change, and was something that we worked at all week, and was something that the players bought into.”

“We need total buy-in again from everyone, not just the first 11 but the entire squad.

“It’s a good formation on a combined front; it makes us defensively sound, give creativity in the midfield play and adds potency in the attack.

“When you are playing the Coventry’s of this division, you have to be about your game, and if we bring our ‘A’ game, we’re more than capable of competing.”

After two disappointing results in their last two home games, Southend will look to get back to winning ways at Roots Hall; something Brown sees as vital.
   
“It’s important.” The Manager stated.

“I don’t want any hard luck stories on Saturday.

“I want to create them chances that we have been creating, put the ball in the back of the net and keep on with the mentality of making sure we don’t concede.”

There is still chance for you to buy tickets for the game against Coventry, with a bumper crowd expected for the 3pm kick-off on Saturday.

Tickets are available directly from the ticket office at Roots Hall, online at: www.southendunited.co.uk and via the Ticket Box Office on 08444  770077


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