Date: 25th March 2015 at 5:35pm
Written by:

Southend travel to Gigg Lane this week to take on Bury, and manager Phil Brown knows it’s going to be an incredibly tough game for us.

With it already being revealed that Luke Prosser and Kevan Hurst will be missing from the travelling team with injuries they sustained in the draw against Cambridge United, the gaffer explained to the Official Site.

‘Luke has almost felt the effects of whiplash. He’s taken the ball full in the face and Luke won’t be available for selection. He was in a good vein of form alongside Adam Thompson. Whoever gets the opportunity while Luke’s out will get their chance. It’s been diagnosed as a grade one tear to Kevan Hurst’s hamstring. It’s been a stop-start season for Kevan and he’ll be out for the next two to three weeks.’

With Prosser’s spot opening up an opportunity for Cian Bolger, Adam Barrett or Jerome Binnom-Wililams, Brown maybe slightly hints that Barrett will get the starting berth.

‘Adam has been a first choice all his career. He became available for selection, had his opportunity and unfortunately that was a 4-2 defeat at Stevenage. There’s opportunities for Adam now If that happens then I know what I’ll get. He’s committed to the cause and committed to Southend United.’

As for Bury specifically, he knows whilst we have struggled they are in a rich vein of form at the moment having won seven of their last eight, including a win last weekend over Northampton that saw them come from behind despite being down to ten men.

‘They’ve won seven of their last eight games and you wonder why they have that sort of form. The goalkeeper they have on loan from Charlton is a force to be reckoned with. He got something like 20 clean sheets last season on loan at York. We go there in the knowledge of it being a feisty six-pointer. We need the win to stay on the tails of the front three. As well as that, it’s a chance to get ahead of Bury in the race for the next eight games.’

With automatic promotion looking unlikely given our recent results, Brown was ready to settle for the play offs just yet though.

‘Never say never. There’s 24 points to play for and adding that to our current total will mean we’ve improved on last year. If we win all eight games we’ll deserve automatic promotion!’

Barrett himself was in front of the press aswell, as he said he was hoping to get the nod this time round because he feels that he has some lost time to make up for.

‘I came back here just after Christmas and after the first week, I’ve been fit and ready. It’s been frustrating and difficult being sat in the stands. I came back to play, make a difference and help the team. Before coming here I hadn’t missed a league game in three years. It’s been tough – it’s not something I’m used to – but I’ve kept coming in and working hard, and being as professional as I can.’

Barrett goes on to say that whilst missing out again has been new to him given his role in previous years he respects the fact the gaffer picks the team and he admits he’s not above challenging for his place, and he backs himself to win that battle even if it’s taken a bit longer than he’d have liked.

‘The boss makes the decisions though, and I respect that. I have no problems fighting for my place. I didn’t come back here to put my feet up, and it has been frustrating, to be honest.’

Join The Vital Debate