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Brown relishing Rochdale test

24 March 2016

Blues Boss previews trip to Spotland.

Southend United Manager, Phil Brown says he and the players are thoroughly looking forward to the game against Rochdale tomorrow afternoon.

The Good Friday fixture at Spotland Stadium promises to be an interesting affair as both teams battle to make ground on the play-off pack.

Ahead of this Easter spectacle, Brown says the mood is very positive in the camp.

“Preparations have gone very well on the back of a good point against Gillingham.” He said.

“I think the lads are in good spirits, and we’re looking forward to the game.

“It’s away at Spotland, which is always a difficult venue to go to and Keith Hill always sets his teams out to play good football.

“So it’s one of them where we’ve got to bring our best game to the table in terms of with and without the ball and we’ve got to be strong.”

Blues come up against a Dale side that are very much the form team of league 1.

Keith Hill’s side have won five of their last six games and now sit just a point behind Southend going in to the game.

The Blues Boss admits he is expecting a tough encounter tomorrow afternoon.

“They are a side that are on-form.” Brown added.

“They have been to Oldham of late and won the game 3-2, and that’s the game where we had them watched.

“Ian Henderson is a thorn, and is a constant threat and he actually got sent off in that game so will be suspended for this one.

“So is it a good time to catch them? Well they’ve got ample replacements and it’s always a threat to go to Rochdale and certainly in the way Keith Hill plays.”

A win tomorrow could see the Blues on the cusp of the play-offs, going into another crunch match with Sheffield United next week in high-spirits.

But Brown is not getting carried away, keeping the mantra of taking it ‘one game at a time’.

“We’re not getting ahead of ourselves, it’s one game at a time and that’s the way we need to approach it.

“With nine games to go the next hurdle is Rochdale, and if we get three points from that you go into the next game with a lot of confidence.

“But it won’t be easy, and we’ve got to be prepared for it mentally, physically, tactically and technically, and defensively we’ve got to be about out metal.” 

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