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MATCH PREVIEW | Brown looks ahead to Rochdale

6 October 2016

Blues boss previews Sky Bet League One Clash v the Dale ....

Phil Brown admits he has a selection headache on Saturday against Rochdale with an array of in-form players to choose from.

Blues travel to the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday (3pm kick off) on the back of four points from their last two league games and most recently a 1-0 win in the Checkatrade Trophy over Leyton Orient.

And Brown is hoping to build on those impressive displays this weekend as he takes his squad to Lancashire, which could possibly include Nile Ranger after the striker returned to training this week after recovering an ankle injury.

“It was good solid performance on Tuesday night.” He said.

“Defensively we got a clean sheet and the system appears to be suiting everybody at the moment which is good news.

“Nile Ranger is very close at the moment and has trained with the First Team today and will tomorrow with a view to Saturday.

“Marc-Antoine Fortuné came through a full game with Coxy the other night and both looked a thorn in the side of Orient.

“And obviously the front three that we had for the last four league games have made the system work with McLaughlin, McGlashan and Mooney.

“So I’ve got selection headaches as everybody has been quite impressive.”

Southend have enjoyed a decent run of results at home which has seen the Blues gone five games undefeated at Roots Hall in all competitions.

Brown is now hoping to take that form on the road and discover a level of consistency in performance that will soon see his team climbing the table.

“We do know our situation in regards to the league table and we need to winning games consistently and start playing well consistently.

“Last year’s game at Rochdale (a 4-1 defeat) was a pain in the backside to tell you the truth but the previous time we played there we won 3-0 which set us up on a run that got us in to the play-offs in 2014.

“So we’ve got some good memories and some bad memories at Rochdale and Saturday has got to be about a good memory.”

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