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Phil Brown previews Saturday's game at Gillingham

24 August 2017

Southend United boss Phil Brown is aiming to put an end to Southend United’s recent track record against Gillingham this weekend.

Blues have failed to gain all three points at Priestfield Stadium since a 2-1 win in 2012, also their last win altogether against the Gills.

Blues bounced back from their 5-0 loss to Rotherham last weekend with a draw against Plymouth which Phil Brown believes should have ended with all three points.

Brown hopes better finishing in front of goal will see them come away with the three points on Saturday.

“We played well against Plymouth yet we didn’t come away with the spoils,” he said.

“Defensively we were right, apart from one set piece, but what we are looking at is the final third from the Plymouth game.

“We had 17 shots and only three of them were on target and then to have 16 corners and not really produce a clear-cut chance is a crying shame, and it’s something we need to focus on and work on.

“It’s the hard part of the game, it’s the difficult part of the game, it’s that part that we pay good money for, we’ve got players in that position that I’m confident in and that I believe in and who will eventually start scoring goals and hopefully the flood gates will open.

“There’s one main thing you learn in football and that is you don’t go from a 5-0 drubbing straight away to winning games of football automatically, all be it if we won it would have been deserved.

“We’ve steadied the ship after Rotherham and now we’re going into a derby game at Gillingham.

“They are one of those teams where when we go there we seem to notoriously fold in the squad.

“There’s been three of four times I can categorically state that we should have won, including last season when we went down to ten-men.

“I spoke to Michael Timlin and Lenny about the last game at Priestfield and they made 70-plus passes in that game, they dictated the pace of the game, but we didn’t come away with winning anything, in fact we lost it.

“We need to go out there and put the fear of god into them from the first minute. It’s important to me that we get back to winning ways like the first game of the season and move on from there.”


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