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SCOUTING REPORT: Southend United boss plans changes ahead of Burton Albion clash

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 01, 2014

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SOUTHEND United boss Phil Brown says he may well ring the changes for Saturday's game against Burton Albion.

Both teams have already secured their play-off place, and may try to prevent any of their key players picking up injuries.

Ex-Hull City and Derby County boss Brown told the Southend Echo: "It could be that I decide to make one or two changes to the starting line-up for Saturday’s game against Burton.

"I’m not doing it to get in to the mind of the opposition manager nor I am doing it to field a weakened team.

"The only reason it’s entering my mind is that I think it could well be best for us ahead of the play-offs and we could well benefit from freshening things up a bit.

"When you look at the play-offs, I’m not really too worried about who we play.

"We have a great record against the top teams this season and the only games we have lost – at home to Scunthorpe and away at Chesterfield – were both undeserved.

"We are therefore confident about our chances but I want us to try and make sure we finish fifth.

"That’s not because I want us to be at home in the second leg but purely because it’s the highest we can finish.

"I also think if we came seventh and went on to win the play-offs one or two people might think we didn’t deserve to go up."

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