Phil Brown says Southend United have got their winning mentality back.
It’s two wins in two games, including a hard-fought three points and clean sheet against AFC Wimbledon, for Blues.
And ahead of facing Blackpool, who Blues have beaten five out of the last six games at Roots Hall, Brown says he’s delighted to have competition for places.
“They’re a different team, regardless of what the history tells us you,” said Brown.
“It will be a tough game, there is no doubt. But all managers say that.
“Whether it will be a good game, pretty game, bad game, whichever the case may be, we’ve got that winning mentality that has slowly but surely been coming.
“All of a sudden, over the last two games, we’ve got that back.
“The treatment room emptying is one of the reasons we’ve been able to get that back.
“Harry [Kyprianou] being in the team is great for him but it’s great for me that I’ve got experienced players on the bench.
“It’s still worrying over the Rob Kiernan and Michael Turner situation but slowly but surely they’re coming.
“At the same time competition for places is still there. I had a very good bench on Tuesday night and I had a very good bench on Saturday.
“If the players continue to perform and keep them players on the bench then all well and good. It means we’re winning games.”
Phil Brown comes up against the club where he ended his playing career.
And Nile Ranger also faces his former side.
When asked about the striker, Brown added: “He’s getting better, he’s working harder, he’s coming to the party more for other players, but there’s still a long way to go.
“There’s parts of his game that he needs to polish up, but some of that is quite simple. Some of that is hard work. Running the channels, creating opportunities for other players, but it’s coming.”