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Brown looking to burst Barnsley's bubble

10 March 2016

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Southend United manager Phil Brown believes his team are capable of bursting Barnsley’s bubble this weekend to get their own season back on track.

Barnsley are the league’s in-form team, picking up 13 points in their last six games and losing once since the turn of the year dating back 14 games to December 19.

Blues, on the other hand, have hit a slump which has seen them take maximum points once in their last six outings, but Brown is hoping to turn the form guide upside down at a crucial stage in the campaign.

“We’ve got to go there with the mentality of pricking that balloon and letting the air out and try and get our game plan, first and foremost, enacted,” he said.

“It won’t be easy. They are a team in form and we’ve got to make sure, going into the last 11 games, that we are in form.

“They’ve got something going there, but it’s not unbeatable.

“Three points at this stage of the season is all important.

“When we’ve come to the last nine, ten, eleven games in the previous two years, we’ve brought that business end mentality.

“That is what we need to do starting on Saturday.”

In the middle of November, the Tykes were second from bottom after a 2-1 defeat to Port Vale which was their eighth consecutive loss.

Their turnaround has taken them into the play-off positions, but Brown wants to focus on his team more than the South Yorkshire side, especially in the defensive third of the pitch.

“We’ve worked towards a game plan with regards to how Barnsley play and how they approach the game but more importantly how we should.

“We need to get back to that mentality of getting a clean sheet, and if we get a clean sheet on Saturday, we’re going to get something from the game.

“I think the first goal is going to play a part and the mentality of keeping a clean sheet after the first goal goes in, is going to be key as well.”

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