SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown wants the Shrimpers supporters right behind his team at Roots Hall tonight.

Blues take on Eastleigh this evening looking to end a run of four successive defeats.

And Brown wants the club’s fans - who chanted for chairman Ron Martin to quit the club at Solihull Moors on Saturday - to be supportive of his side.

“The players need as much support as they can get,” said Brown.

“If the fans don’t like me then that’s all well and good and if they don’t like Ron Martin then that’s all well and good but come and support the players whatever you do.

“I understand the frustrations of the supporters but I don’t want to have to fight them to win a game of football.

“I want our supporters to remember the day they first came to Roots Hall and revisit that to fall in love with the club and the team again.

“The players aren’t doing anything wrong.”

And Brown also insists he remains right behind his squad, despite the criticism coming his way after falling into the relegation zone of the National League.

“One supporter had a go at me at Solihull from behind the dug-out, saying stop blaming the players but I’m not blaming the players,” said the Blues boss.

“I’m trying to support the players the best I can and I will only ever blame a player when they’re not working hard but I do think they’re working hard at the moment.

“We’re going through a period when the little things aren’t going for us but we have to get back to winning games, it’s as simple as that.

“We’ve got good enough players but we’ll cut our cloth accordingly and play in a certain way to try and get us over the line.”

Eastleigh head to Roots Hall sitting 15th in the standings after winning two of their eight games so far this season.