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Brown: Great impact from substitutes

26 December 2013

Phil Brown delighted to see Cauley Woodrow come off the bench and give Blues all three points

Phil Brown praised the impact of Cauley Woodrow as he came off the bench to earn Southend United all three points at AFC Wimbledon.

Woodrow replaced Ryan Leonard in the 59th minute and his header 17 minutes later was enough to win it against the ten-men of the Dons.

Brown was pleased with the impact all of his subs had on the game, and was delighted with his side’s persistence and patience against the ten-men.

He said: “Cauley had scored the winning goal and as a substitute that’s all you can ask them to do. He made a big impact on the game.

“But all three substitutes made an impact on the game in different ways, I thought Freddy (Eastwood) can up upfront and did well.

“Marc Laird also played a role when he came on and had it not been for a heavy touch, he might have got himself on the scoresheet.

“But we had to show real patience. We’ve already seen on a number of occasions how difficult it can be, but the game became tighter.

“Up until that point it had been an entertaining, open game and that isn’t what I want really because you never know what can happen.

“Once they went down to ten-men they sat back and soaked up the pressure. We had to be at our best to find a way through and we did.

“It was a lovely cross from John White and a terrific header from Cauley, that’s his second league goal and it’s well deserved.”

Brown was also pleased with the focus his side showed after going in front.

He added: “Mark Phillips had to make a vital interception after slipping but put in an excellent tackle.

“Everyone did well to hold firm and not give them any real chances. It was a big three points and we’ll head to Accrington in good spirits.”

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