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Phil Brown Expecting Response From His Players

11 September 2017

Southend United boss Phil Brown says a win tomorrow night will give everybody the lift they need.

Blues suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat to Charlton on Saturday to prolong the current winless run of games to seven.

But Brown is expecting a response tomorrow night.

Brown said: “Tomorrow night is a different kettle of fish for me.

“We’re going into a little bit of the unknown because I didn’t expect Shrewsbury to be where they are.

“At the same time, I know the manager is a tough cookie who gets his teams playing that way.

"Where we’re concerned, we’re suffering at the moment.

"We’re nearly a good team, but nearly a good team isn’t good enough for me.

“I want my team to be expressing themselves a little bit more and playing a little bit more football. I want to be getting into the final third and then finishing things off.

“We’ve done probably 95 per cent of that but we just haven’t got the last five per cent. The last five per cent will come with a victory. It’s as simple as that.

“A win brings confidence and belief and I know I’ve got a good squad.

“It was pointed out to them [the players] yesterday and I’m hoping for a response.”

Brown knows a tough test lies in wait at Montgomery Waters Meadow, adding: “They’re absolutely flying at the moment.

“A victory at the league leaders, at a club that is going well, is all well and good but there’s a lot of hard work to be done tomorrow night.

“Just getting a team out will be the hardest part of my job. We had two lads go down with injuries on Saturday and limp out of the game.

“I think one is going to be alright and the other one won’t be. Them two players are Michael Kightly and John White.

“The 11 that we do put out will have a gameplan. They will be well versed at what’s going to come out of there changing room.”

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