Boss offers his views following behind closed doors pre-season game
Southend United Manager Phil Brown was happy with what he saw in Blues’ first run out in pre-season.
Brown watched two different elevens in each half take on Partick Thistle in a behind closed doors game.
It finished 0-0, but Brown emphasised it’s all about fitness at this stage.
“We knew when we arranged it that Partick would be a week or two ahead of us, so we knew it would be a better fitness hit for us than footballing game,” he said.
“It’s not about tactics or football at the moment, it’s about fitness levels and making sure we come out of it unscathed and that’s what we’ve done.
“Jack Bridge picked up a little knock but we already knew he had that. It’s something wrong with his abdomen area that we need to get to the bottom of. Outside of that everybody came through unscathed and it was a good run out.
“It was worthwhile for me. I love clean sheets but we’ve certainly got things to work at with regards to the other end of the pitch.”
Brown fielded seven Academy players in the game and was pleased with what he saw.
“Emile Acquah has come in and looked quite comfortable playing alongside Simon Cox,” he added.
“Dru Yearwood looked quite comfortable playing alongside Lenny, Joe Bedford alongside Michael Timlin, so there’s some good positives.
“We’re working towards August 5th and we’ve still got four weeks to go.”
Blues XI first half: Oxley, White, Ferdinand, Kyprianou, Coker, Trialist, Leonard, Yearwood, McLaughlin, Acquah.
Blues XI second half: Smith, Bwomono, Trialist, Matsuzaka, Hendrie, McGlashan, Bedford, Timlin, Cotton, Bridge, Robinson.