Phil Brown looks ahead to Saturday's visit to Banks's Stadium...
Southend United boss Phil Brown says Blues need to show the mentality to go to Walsall on Saturday and grind out a result.
It’s just one win on the road for Blues so far this season which came at Fleetwood Town on the 23rd September.
But Brown said he doesn’t expect Tuesday’s BBC Essex Senior Cup defeat to have much of an impact on the game.
“We’ve now played 15 games; won five, lost five and drawn five, which sounds like it’s an average team.
“But as far as I’m concerned that’s without the players we brought in during the transfer window to try and improve on last year’s campaign.
“A lot of the team’s that we’ve played so far have been able to boast or put out their best team, but we haven’t.
“I wanted Michael Turner to play some part of the game on Tuesday, and I firmly believe if he had then it would have been a very different result.
“We had a very young back four, a very young goalkeeper and a very young midfield in front of them. The only experience we had was in front of them which was Nile Ranger, Theo Robinson and Jermaine McGlashan.
“There’s something to draw upon from Tuesday night’s result, but more importantly there’s something to draw upon from last Saturday’s 1-0 home win against Bury.
“There in lies the answer to any problem that we have so far. We’re undefeated so far at home and yet we’ve lost five away from home, so that has to change. That mentality of going away and grinding out results has to be our mentality on Saturday.”
Walsall are one point behind Blues having won once in their six, but that came last weekend in a 3-0 win away to Doncaster.
Brown added: “Walsall is always a difficult place to go to.
“It’s a very tight ground, a very vociferous crowd and we’ve been there on a couple of occasions where we haven’t had the rub of the green.
“There was a goal-line clearance that was given as a goal and then a penalty decision last year that beggars belief.
“I knew the referee that day who was a regular on the training ground in my days at Hull City, and he apologised to me after the game that he got it wrong, there’s no doubt about it.
“That kind of luck that we need, we need all of them things when we’re travelling away from home, like we do when we’re at Roots Hall as well.
“If that comes on Saturday, I know the first team squad are in a good place at the moment and we need to keep them there.”
Erhun Oztumer has seven goals for the Saddlers so far this season, and Brown pointed out the midfielder as one to stop.
“He’s a good footballer, he’s come from non-league and he understands the rough side of the game for a little guy. He gets in little pockets of space.
“He’s not the greatest when the opposition have got the ball and that’s what we’ve got to exploit.
“Their system, I think they’ve been investing in a three at the back to get Oztumer in behind the front two, but whether he sticks to that gameplan on Saturday I have no idea.
“We have to cater for Oztumer but when we get the ball we have to hurt the opposition.”