Southend United boss, Phil Brown believes that Tuesday’s Essex derby is the biggest game in the clubs’ 115-year history.
Defeat for Southend would all but seal relegation to the Vanarama National League after a century of league football, and although the Blues’ task remains hugely difficult, Brown remained upbeat and positive that his side could close the gap with a vital victory at the JobServe.
“In our history, it’s going to be the biggest challenge and the biggest game,” the Blues chief explained.
“The game on Saturday wasn’t the result that we were looking for so Colchester have put a bit of space between us again.
“I’m going to say it, regardless of whether you’re going to ask the question about a must-win situation, it is a must-win situation.
“We’re going into that in the full knowledge that we must win four games.”
Brown continued: “If we can get to fifty points it brings a whole new scenario to the ballpark. I’m not convinced everyone above us in the ’40s are safe, but they might be in a better situation than we are that’s for sure, so psychologically they’re going into games thinking if they win they might be safe. Bottom line is, we need to win this game or it could be the end of a great era.
“We’ve spoken about it. We came in on Sunday, we prepared for the game straight away after the Exeter draw and straight into a training session with the players that didn’t play, and the others did a warm down session.
“I got to grips with them straight away and I was buoyed by the performance on Saturday.
“The word fight is something that has to be on show tomorrow night. We just have to show that we want it more than Colchester. That’s the only way we’re going to win the game of football.
“They’ve got equally as much talent as we’ve got, they’ve got equally as much physique and height, set-pieces and all those small things that go into a big melting pot to win a game of football.
“We’ve got to show our supporters that we want it more than them and I’ve got to put a team out that’s going to show that.”
(Quotes courtesy of Southend United FC)