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12 April 2021

Ricky Holmes was handed his fourth start in a Southend shirt on Saturday against Crawley Town in Phil Brown’s first game back at the club as manager.

The experienced winger said afterwards that Blues have to be winning those kind of games in the final five matches if they are to avoid relegation out of the Football League.

Here’s Holmes' reaction to the 0-0 draw with Crawley Town.

On another draw for Blues…

“Again, the fight and belief is definitely there in the changing room. We’re not dead and buried.

“We could have lost it on another day but we then we could have won it on another day, and that’s been the story of our last couple of months.

“[It's] Another clean sheet so we’ve got something to build on and we’re not getting beat, we’re in every game. But we’ve got to start taking our chances because we are running out of games. We know that.

"That discussion has been there from the day I came in really. Especially from me.

“We’ve got to turn the draws into wins in them kind of games.”

How much is this situation now do or die?

“We’ve got to be a bit brighter at the top of the pitch, me included.

“We’ve got to do it together, a whole squad thing. Everyone [in the squad] was here [on Saturday] and fighting for the same cause and we’re fighting for this club.”

On new manager Phil Brown…

“We only had 24 hours. Training is always sharp when a new manager comes in, it’s a clean slate.

“Everyone’s trying to impress. Fresh voice, fresh face and hopefully it will work. I never like seeing people lose their jobs.

“It’s never nice and Mark [Molesley] was great, he’s the one who brought me to the club and I have the utmost respect for him.

“He worked tirelessly the whole time he was here. We came up short, we didn’t get the results and unfortunately it’s the manager who gets sacked.

“I know Phil and he knows this league and this club inside out, so hopefully we’ll start getting the results.”

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