Southend United manager Phil Brown hopes extra freshness proves key against Dagenham & Redbridge (From Echo)
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Southend United manager Phil Brown hopes extra freshness proves key against Dagenham & Redbridge
SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown believes his side’s extra freshness could prove key in tonight’s clash against Dagenham & Redbridge at Roots Hall.
The Shrimpers saw off Fleetwood Town 2-0 on Friday night before Dagenham drew 2-2 at Northampton Town on Saturday afternoon.
And Brown hopes his players will therefore be able to pile on the pressure in the closing stages of the game.
“We’ve had a bit more rest which we’ve made sure we’ve used wisely and we want that to make a difference tonight,” said the Blues boss.
“Hopefully in the final 15 or 20 minutes their players will be getting a bit leggy and we’ll be able to make it count.
“That’s why I’ll be stressing it’s important that we remain in the game for as long as we can because the closing stages could be key.”
But Brown is certainly expecting a difficult evening against an improved Dagenham side.
The Shrimpers chief watched them at Northampton Town on Saturday.
And he is fully aware of how dangerous they can be.
“Dagenham play a 4-2-4 formation and I have to say I think they’re a really good side with some excellent players,” said Brown.
“They have Rhys Murphy who has already scored five or six goals this season and Zavon Hines is having another excellent season too.
“They play good football, in the manner of the way their manager, Wyane Burnett, used to play.
“I know Wayne well having coached him at Bolton Wanderers and he was a very good footballer.
“He now has a good team there and I thought they deserved to win the game I saw at Northampton at the weekend.”
However, Southend were able to secure a hard fought win against Fleetwood in their last outing and, despite being ninth, they are now just three points behind league leaders Chesterfield.
But Brown expects the division to remain incredibly close throughout the season and feels it make take fewer points than in any other leagues to clinch promotion.
“If you look at all the other leagues there are quite a few teams above the two points per game ratio which is often needed for success but there are none in League Two,” said Brown.
“It may well take 90 points to get promoted from the other leagues because of that but in our league I think you could be looking at 83 or 84 points.
“But we’re thinking about being consistent rather than promotion at the moment and we want another good result and performance tonight.”