Phil Brown's Chesterfield reaction...
Phil Brown sent out a rallying call to the Southend United fans asking them to pack out Roots Hall on Monday following the Blues’ 4-0 win against Chesterfield.
An early penalty from Simon Cox put Southend in front against the League One strugglers before Dion Donohue saw red after a high-footed tackle that caught Jason Demetriou in the chest.
Southend made their numerical advantage count as they rattled off three goals in 14 minutes with Cox grabbing his second in between goals from Anthony Wordsworth and Marc-Antoine Fortune.
The Blues boss now wants the Southend fans to come out in their droves for their second game of the Easter weekend which Brown knows could make or break his side’s season.
“We knew what we’ve got to do with four games to go, now it’s three games to go, we got the three points that we came for.
“Easter can be a graveyard for people, but it can be the spurt needed to do something at the end of the season and that’s what we’re aiming to do.
“Three games to go and two of them are at Roots Hall. I’ve always said we’ll always win anything or be successful at Roots Hall.
“I’m calling out for a massive crowd, I’m calling out for a full house. If the Southend supporters want to see us get success at the end of this season we’ve got to turn out two 10,000 crowds, and one of them is on Monday against MK Dons.”
The Blues made light work of Chesterfield who are all but relegated back to League Two as they sit nine points from safety with just three games remaining.
Cox’s early penalty was just reward for Southend’s opening pressure, but the sending off of Donohue coupled with Wordsworth’s second was what killed the game off in the eyes of the gaffer.
“The second goal killed them completely. The third and fourth are consolations, if you like, for us but it sends a message out to whoever it wants to.
“Ok, we beat them when they had 10-men, people can say that, but we’ve been down to 10-men of late and we’ve won a game 3-0. So as far as we were concerned we had a job to do.
“It’s nice to see teams are fighting at the bottom, but I think the sending off and the second goal killed Chesterfield today.”
Brown now has 72-hours to get his squad fit and ready for the visit of MK Dons on Monday afternoon at Roots Hall.
And having had serious doubts over several players ahead of the Chesterfield game, Brown is expecting to have to patch up players quickly once again ahead of Monday’s crunch tie.
“Anthony Wordsworth had a tight hamstring, Will Atkinson had a tight hamstring. Ryan Leonard is going to be an absolute godsend coming back.
“Michael Timlin has slotted into the midfield, he could have played left back today had John White not come to the party. Anton Ferdinand was struggling at the end but I’d used all my substitutes.
“We’ll patch them up tomorrow and we’ll get them ready Sunday for a big game on Monday.”