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Preview: Brown on Bury test and Elvis Bwomono

19 October 2017

Southend United boss Phil Brown says Blues must replicate the football from the first half against Peterborough United on Tuesday night.

Lee Clark’s Bury are the visitors to Roots Hall on Saturday off the back of a 2-1 defeat to Blackpool in midweek.

And Brown says Bury have a strong squad with the quality to hurt his side. 

“Saturday is great opportunity for us,” he said.

“Bury haven’t started the season as well as everyone has expected, certainly as well as they expected.

“I believe they have one of the most competitive budgets in the league. They decided to have a go for it but they find themselves struggling.

“Now is the time for us to bring our best game forward both defensively and with the ball and try and get that next win and keep that run at Roots Hall going.

“I expected them to be up there, but it doesn’t happen overnight, and they are still a dangerous team. They’ve got Jermaine Beckford up top, and to tell you the truth he shouldn’t be playing at the next level if not above.

“They have players in their side that can open you up. We’ve got to be on our metal on Saturday, certainly defensively and then bring that kind of football that we played in the first half against Peterborough to the party for 90 minutes.”

Following the draw with Peterborough, Elvis Bwomono became the latest youngster to sign a professional contract, agreeing a four-year deal.

And Brown was again full of praise for the work done in the Academy.

“A lot of credit has to go down to this environment that we are in at the moment, we’ve made it into a training ground that can be used by both the first team and the academy and I think that’s a key factor in any success of an academy; to keep the kids on site and see what the first team are actually doing.

“Elvis has seen that over the last couple of years, Dru Yearwood has seen that over the last couple of years and Nathan Bishop has seen that and if you go through the 18 that played on Tuesday night I think we had five possibly six from the academy, I think that’s 33% which is a phenomenal record and it’s something we should be very proud of.

“For Elvis and Dru Yearwood to get a four year deal is fantastic and probably long after I’m gone they will be playing regularly in Southend’s first team. Long may that continue.”

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