Boss Phil Brown on 'Amble to the Addicks' and the game at The Valley...
Phil Brown wished the 12 Shrimpers Trust members well on their walk to Charlton, 'Amble to the Addicks', and hopes they will be able to cheer Blues onto victory at The Valley.
Brown was speaking at Little Havens Children’s Hospice ahead of a big challenge for the members, along with Commercial Director Danny Macklin, who are walking the 35.7 miles to the game to raise money for the Hospice.
And Brown praised Essex’s only children’s Hospice, who require 46,000-a-week to be able to offer the support they provide.
“It’s great the work they do,” Brown said.
“I didn’t realise that was the figure they needed to operate so whatever we can do to help we will do.
“I think it’s a great idea that the fans are walking to the game.
“I was actually talking about it in my staff meeting this morning about the sacrifices the fans are willing to give up to help the charity.
“The only sacrifice we need is to make sure we win the game because I think we’re taking in excess of 2,000 fans, so we need to put on a bit of a show. Hopefully the ones who have walked there will be sitting down and still able to jump up when we score a goal.
“It’s fabulous. You can never take it away the charity work that Little Havens do. They’ve got our full support and whatever we can do to help we will do.”
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Brown was deflated in the immediate aftermath of conceding a 92nd minute goal against Bolton, but was much more upbeat safe in the knowledge his team had given second-place a stern test.
And he is expecting another battle on Saturday against Charlton.
“With five games to go, if you took our last five games as an example of what we’re capable of, 12 points from the five games it will certainly get us in the play-offs,” Brown added.
“We know what we’ve got to do but it starts on Saturday with the fact we’re helping a charity, it starts with the fact we’re taking over 2,000 fans there and the fact we gave one of the automatic promotion favourites a real run for their money.
“The fighting qualities were to be admired, they put their bodies on the line.
“But more important is keeping our bottle.
“This is the fourth end to a season I’ve had at the club and two of the three have been eventful and the other was drab and unimportant.
“We want another exciting end to the season to hopefully get into the play-offs and take our club to the next level.
“It’s the third time we’ve come up against Karl Robinson this season and he will have his side well versed at what we’re good at, but again I’m going into battle with 2/2,500 Southend fans and that for me will speak volumes.”