Southend United Manager, Phil Brown gives his reaction to Blues' 2-0 friendly win over neighbours Colchester UnitedBy Matt Mundy
Phil Brown is hoping to find an extra ‘five or ten per cent’ going into the season opener next weekend after beating Colchester United 2-0.
Blues kick-off the campaign next Saturday at home to Gillingham after seeing off their rivals in the final pre-season fixture.
And the manager said it was a good performance from his side which showed signs of some promising partnerships blossoming.
“I thought the scoreline maybe flattered us to a certain extent but we’ve won the game and come away with clean bill of health, so to speak,” said Brown.
“It’s gives us a good weeks planning to get that little five or ten per cent ready for the Gillingham game.
“There were some really good moves and some pairings are coming together.
“When Jermaine McGlashan went off Luke O’Neill came on and showed he’s had a very good pre-season.
“There will opportunities for everyone because we witnessed today how thin we are in terms of numbers.
“We’ve got to do some business off the field of play before we actually get to the Gillingham game and that’s going to be my main aim this week.”
One summer recruit, Simon Cox, was the goalscorer of Blues’ first goal of the afternoon, rolling the ball home from 12 yards after McGlashan was fouled inside the box.
Cox then turned provider for his strike partner, playing a lovely ball through the lines for David Mooney to make it two.
Brown added that injuries have hampered pre-season, as he looks to bolster the squad.
“We’ve prepared with two home games against Newcastle and Colchester,” he added. “Newcastle showed quality and Colchester had aggression, which we thought might have been a bit more.
“You can only beat what’s in front of you and we’ve done that today.
“The preparations in pre-season I would say have been an eight or nine out of ten, but in terms of injuries, one or two out of ten.
“We’ve still got a bit of thinking to do, and certainly try and bring in two or three players to improve the squad so there is competition for places right through out the squad.”