The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

SOUTHEND United man­ager Phil Brown says his team can af­ford to adopt a fear­less at­ti­tude in League One.

Brown’s team fin­ished fifth in League Two last term, but earned pro­mo­tion with a dra­matic play-off fi­nal vic­tory over Wy­combe.Yet the Shrimpers have not looked out of their depth this term.

Be­fore the week­end, only the divi­sion’s top four sides could boast a meaner defence, with Southend sit­ting com­fort­ably in ninth.

And Brown be­lieves his play­ers should now con­sider them­selves League One cal­i­bre.

“A third of the way through the sea­son I don’t think there’s any­thing to fear at this level,” said Brown.

“I think the play­ers need to start believ­ing in them­selves and when they are se­lected they play well enough to keep the shirt.

“I still think we can do some­thing this year; hang­ing on the shirt tails of the play-offs isn’t a bad spot to be in at this mo­ment in time.

“Once we get a real con­sis­tency to our game, we need to make sure we go on win­ning runs and per­form to the best of our abil­ity more of­ten than not.”

POS­I­TIVE: Phil Brown

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