Southend United manager Phil Brown promises changes for Plymouth Argyle clash

Jack Payne - in Phil Brown's thinking for this weekend's game at Plymouth Argyle

Jack Payne - in Phil Brown's thinking for this weekend's game at Plymouth Argyle

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SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown will make changes to his starting line-up for the first time in League Two this season when the Shrimpers take on Plymouth Argyle tomorrow.

The Blues boss is keen to improve his side in front of goal as they look to bounce back at winning ways at Home Park.

And he will therefore be making some alterations to the team.

“I’ll be making one or two changes for sure,” confirmed Brown.

“Hopefully the changes that I make will add energy to the team and also a bit more quality in the final third which we have been lacking so far.”

The Shrimpers have failed to convert a number of chances in their last two outings which have seen them lose 1-0 at home to AFC Wimbledon and draw 1-1 at Carlisle United.

Brown is therefore hoping to see Blues bounce back against Plymouth.

And he is considering handing Jack Payne his first ever league start after the young midfielder scored twice for the development team in a 4-3 win against Oxford United on Wednesday.

“Jack is absolutely in my thinking for tomorrow,” said Brown.

“I think we’ve gone past the stage of having to find a system that suits him and he could fit quite nicely in a number of roles in our team.

“He could play in a midfield three or four, he could play behind the front man too and it will would be nice to get him in the team soon because I think he’ll score goals.

“If he does that then he will stay in the side and it’s now just a matter of when he’s going to start.”

David Worrall and Lee Barnard are also pushing for recalls, along with midfielder Will Atkinson.

And Brown wants Blues to make the most of a pitch he feels should them at Home Park.

“It’s an excellent surface and it’s a massive pitch too which we need to use to our advantage,” said Brown.

“Starting well is very important and we need to try getting in front and make our opposition chase the ball.

“Possession will be key and so will our finishing in front of goal.”

Blues head in to the game sitting eighth in the early League Two standings with seven points from their first four games.

Plymouth are 14th with four points.

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11:26am Fri 29 Aug 14

JoeBlogs2 says...

I would say we have a about 7 or 8 away trips where we never seem to win in division 2 we would of played the 3rd one this Saturday :-)

So I be happy to have away points points on the board

3 points would be GREAT !!

Phil Brown top three this place year please Sir
I would say we have a about 7 or 8 away trips where we never seem to win in division 2 we would of played the 3rd one this Saturday :-) So I be happy to have away points points on the board 3 points would be GREAT !! Phil Brown top three this place year please Sir JoeBlogs2
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10:53pm Fri 29 Aug 14

gary 51 says...

PB making changes, that wouldn't be the kit man?
Changes don't hold your breath, favourites always get a look in, Sturrock was the same.

Shame Palace announced their manager I thought the Tan Bed was off.
PB making changes, that wouldn't be the kit man? Changes don't hold your breath, favourites always get a look in, Sturrock was the same. Shame Palace announced their manager I thought the Tan Bed was off. gary 51
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8:11am Sat 30 Aug 14

OldFairfaxian says...

gary 51 wrote:
PB making changes, that wouldn't be the kit man?
Changes don't hold your breath, favourites always get a look in, Sturrock was the same.

Shame Palace announced their manager I thought the Tan Bed was off.
Shame Palace couldn't find a place for you!
PB is the best manager we have had since David Webb. And that includes Steve Tilson.
[quote][p][bold]gary 51[/bold] wrote: PB making changes, that wouldn't be the kit man? Changes don't hold your breath, favourites always get a look in, Sturrock was the same. Shame Palace announced their manager I thought the Tan Bed was off.[/p][/quote]Shame Palace couldn't find a place for you! PB is the best manager we have had since David Webb. And that includes Steve Tilson. OldFairfaxian
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