SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown hailed his side’s fighting spirit after they staged a stunning second half fight-back to secure a ‘dream’ 3-2 win against Walsall at Roots Hall on Saturday.
“It’s a massive victory in the grand scheme of things,” said Brown.
“I thought it was going to be one of those days when Franck Moussa came on early and got a couple of goals to put them 2-0 in front.
“But it eventually turned into one of those days you dream about, being 2-0 down and winning 3-2 and it was all down to the spirit of the group and showing they really believed.”
Southend United staged a stunning second-half fightback to see off Walsall in a thrilling League One encounter at Roots Hall.
The Shrimpers seemed to be heading for defeat when their former midfielder Franck Moussa fired the Saddlers into a 2-0 lead.
But goals from Nile Ranger, Anton Ferdinand and Simon Cox saw Southend pick up all three points to move into the play-off places.
A Franck Moussa double proved in vain as the Saddlers squandered a two-goal lead to lose at play-off chasing Southend.
Ex-Shrimper Moussa scored twice in eight first-half minutes to put the visitors in control, but second-half strikes from Nile Ranger, Anton Ferdinand and Simon Cox completed a rousing Blues fightback.
The result leaves Jon Whitney's men 11th in League One.
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An incredible first-half brace from substitute Franck Moussa put the Saddlers into the ascendancy heading into half-time at Roots Hall.
But the Shrimpers spectacularly fought-back after the interval with goals from Nile Ranger, Anton Ferdinand and Simon Cox sealing the points for Phil Brown’s side.
It means Walsall remain without an away victory in League One since Boxing Day, with the defeat seeing them drop to 11th in the table.