Manager expecting positive reaction at Swindon.Southend United Manager, Phil Brown is confident of seeing a positive reaction from his players in the game at Swindon Town this weekend.
Following two consecutive home defeats, the Blues, now on the road will be looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday at the County Ground.
Members of the senior squad featured in an Under-21 game vs Gillingham earlier in the week, coming out 8-0 victors, and both the manager and the players featured were boosted by that result.
Brown has praised the attitude of his entire squad this week ahead of the County Ground fixture, but admits he will be taking on the Robins without Captain, John White, who misses out with a hamstring injury.
“It’s quite easy for those that played on Tuesday to go in an Under-21 game and stake a claim, because uncharacteristically we have conceded seven goals in our last two games and not returned.” Brown Said.
“Everybody that’s not been in the team has been waiting for their moment and they had a point to prove on Tuesday, and they comprehensively proved that point.
“The attitude of the players in the first team squad that have played in the last two games has been first class in training as well.
“So it’s all hands to the pump, everybody’s available for selection, apart from John White, who unfortunately pulled out of Tuesday’s training session with a hamstring problem.”
The Blues come up against a Swindon side, who go in to the game on the back of consecutive defeats themselves.
Brown says The Robins, now under the command of First Team Coach, Luke Williams following Mark Cooper October exit, will be under pressure to re-find the form that got them to being on the cusp of promotion last season.
“It will be a tough match.” Brown stated.
“They’ve had a change of manager, and their players will have a new voice to listen to, a new coaches’ eyes to watch, and they’ll have a point to prove to stay in their team.
“They’ve got a front-line that can cause you problems both from a physical and technical point of view, so we’ve got to show our metal defensively.”
With other sides on FA Cup duty this weekend, there is a chance for Southend to make some ground on teams around them in the league.
Though the manager is maintaining his mantra of taking it one game at a time.
“People keep on saying to me that we’re just outside the play-offs, but as far as I’m concerned we’ve lost the last two games and it’s a game by game process, and the next one is the most important.
“So whether the rest of the league is or isn’t playing, it’s Swindon that’s in front of us and we have a job to do.
“If we can bring our best game to the table, both defensively and attacking then we’ll have a chance of winning it.”
The manager also confirmed that both Will Atkinson and Ryan Leonard have returned training after recovering from an abdominal injury and tonsillitis respectively and should be available to selection.
Brown is keen to make changes for the Swindon game however.
“There’s possibilities to shuffle the pack, and I will be making changes that is for sure.
“I need to get that attitude and mentality right, and get it back in to the team, getting ourselves back on a winning run.”