Steve Davis says his Crewe side will have to match Southend's work ethic if are to get a result at Roots Hall this evening.
Steve Davis expects another physical encounter away at Southend United this evening and he says that his Crewe Alexandra side will have to earn the right to play at Roots Hall by matching their work ethic.
Davis admits that Phil Brown’s powerful side is packed with experienced players and that his side will have to be brave in possession if we are to get back on track following successive defeats to Chesterfield and then Barnsley on Saturday.
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Ahead of tonight’s fixture, Davis told crewealex.net: “Phil (Brown) has built some great momentum following promotion last season and they are more than capable of challenging for a top six finish.
“It is always a tough place to go. We have had some success against them before but they are all tough games, and usually pretty tight.
“There are no boys in the Southend team. They are all men and they know what it takes to win games in the lower leagues. They know what it is all about.
“It will be a physical battle, first and foremost and we will have to brave and try and get the ball down and play. We have to strong in and out of possession and retain the ball when we are under pressure.
He added: “Burton went there recently and found it tough. They didn’t get to play the football they would have liked, so it is important we go there and give it a right go to do that. At Southend you have to earn the right to play.”