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Southend United boss Phil Brown: “May the best team win”

22 May 2015

Southend United boss Phil Brown hopes the best team prevails in the Sky Bet League 2 Play-Off Final at Wembley on Saturday.

The Blues’ manager is expecting a tough test from Wycombe Wanderers, who won the first league meeting between the two teams in December before a 2-2 draw in March, but is backing his players to perform on the big stage.

“We played Wycombe Wanderers twice this season and they're a decent side. They'll be a formidable opposition on Saturday, that's for sure,” Brown told the club’s official website.

“The scars of Stevenage and the 94th minute penalty missed made it exciting. It's nice to be involved in situations like that as long as you come through the other side.

“Stevenage is gone now and we look forward to Saturday at Wembley. The stakes are high and may the best team win.”

A long season now comes down to one match for Southend and Wycombe - a straight shoot-out for promotion to Sky Bet League 1.

The Shrimpers and the Chairboys both finished on 84 points after 46 regular season games, before their semi-final successes over Stevenage and Plymouth Argyle respectively.

“Ninety per cent of the team has been selected over the 48 games this season. The consistency level has been first class. With the 49th game of the season, I know my best team,” Brown added.

“Apart from Adam Thompson – who's out with a dislocated shoulder - every member of the squad is on the training pitch, so I have some fantastic options.”

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