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Brown delighted after first win

16 April 2013

Manager thrilled as he picks up his first three points as Blues boss

Phil Brown was delighted as he picked up his first win in charge of Southend United thanks to second-half goals from Barry Corr and Britt Assombalonga at Aldershot on Tuesday night.

The 2-0 win handed Brown his first three points at the sixth time of asking and he was understandably thrilled as Blues also picked up a second clean sheet in a row.

Brown said: “It’s an excellent win and a very good three points. I’ve said since I joined I’m not one who likes to win 4-3 or lose 4-2 like we did at Rochdale, I’d much rather a low scoring game.

“If you keep a clean sheet, you can’t lose the game, and that’s exactly why we’re unbeaten in two games and have picked up four points from those two games.

“We were solid, kept our shape well and Daniel Bentley also made a couple of excellent saves in the first-half. I thought we gave away a few too many free-kicks in the first-half but I was pleased with how we dealt with them.

“The goal came at an important time because they were just starting to push on and try and find a crucial goal because they are down there fighting for their lives.

“I’m delighted for Barry because he’s worked extremely hard over the last two games. We’ve worked more on the defensive side of our game which has shown in the last two games, but Barry, Britt and Freddy were all very good again tonight.

“Britt is someone who is happy to run in behind the defence no matter how late on in the game and he got his reward by winning the penalty. He was unlucky not to have made it 1-0 earlier on when he hit the post but responded well to step up and take the spot kick.”

Brown now says Blues have given themselves the ideal platform for the final two games of the season. He added: “We have got a tough game away at York on Saturday, there’s not a lot of time to prepare for it.

“But we’ve got a lot to build on from these last two performances, and if we keep a clean sheet on Saturday then it will be three games unbeaten. I’ve said we just want to finish the season as well as possible and we’re doing that at the moment.”

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