PHIL Brown believes Oxford United’s passing game means his side may have to bide their time at Roots Hall tomorrow.

The Southend United boss felt the U’s possession could be effective, but urged his players – and supporters – not to be too concerned.

He told the Southend Echo: “They pass it for passing’s sake at times but they have a threat.

“We will have to be patient and the supporters will need to understand that Oxford are going to have plenty of the ball.

“We need to stay disciplined and committed to our defending and then create chances like we did at MK Dons (a 1-1 draw on Tuesday).

“That’s a recipe for success.”

Nile Ranger was left out of the midweek game after time-keeping issues.

It is the latest issue for the 26-year-old former Swindon Town striker, whose inclusion in the Shrimpers squad to face United will depend on his punctuality today.

“Nile’s trained like a man possessed and he will be in the squad if he turns up on time on Friday,” Brown said.

“I think we should get a static home for him on the training ground because he couldn’t be late then.

“But Nile has taken charge of the situation by moving into the area.”