Phil Brown: Southend United close to first victory, says manager

Phil Brown
Brown led Southend to promotion from League Two in the 2014-15 season

Southend manager Phil Brown believes his side are close to recording their first win of the season.

The Shrimpers have had a difficult start to life back in League One, and lie 20th in the table with three points from five matches so far this season.

Their manager, however, remains positive about his side's situation.

Speaking to BBC Essex, Brown said: "I think there's a win around the corner. The players are well equipped to this level and it's a matter of time."

He added: "It's not a great concern. Obviously you want to get that first win under your belt, and if the signs were going in the wrong direction I'd be worried, but they're not."

Home discomforts
Southend have lost all three matches they have played at Roots Hall in all competitions this season, and have failed to score a goal.

Brown led Southend to promotion after a thrilling penalty shootout win over Wycombe Wanderers in last season's League Two play-off final.

The former Hull City boss now wants to see his side get off the mark with a win in the third tier.

"We have to keep working hard," continued the 56-year-old. "That's the most important part. The ingredients are there, it's just that end product that's missing at this moment in time.

"When we get that first win, I think it will give everyone here a sense of relief certainly but satisfaction more than anything else."

Southend drew 2-2 with Coventry on Monday, and Brown pointed to the positives in his team's performance at the Ricoh Arena as reasons to be optimistic ahead of Saturday's clash with fellow strugglers Peterborough.

"Coventry are a very good side and to get a point on Monday night was important," said Brown. "The forwards thrive on the service and supply we provided in the first half and hopefully that can continue on Saturday."

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