Blues' boss happy as pre-season gets off to a winning start...
Southend United manager Phil Brown was very pleased with his side’s performance in Blues’ opening pre-season friendly.
Brown’s side ran out 5-0 winners against Great Wakering Rovers at Burroughs Park on Saturday, with a mix of trialists, senior pros and youngsters.
Blues’ boss was happy with the performance, and feels the fitness levels on show were superb this early in pre-season.
He said: “We came here last year and we had a bit of a struggle against a decent side – they showed that by winning the double last year.
“But this time around, with the week away in Spain we’ve just had, that extra bit of fitness and quality showed throughout the game.
“I thought it was an excellent performance all round. We played some good football, took our chances, and got some important minutes under our belt.
“The trialists, the young professionals and the senior lads all showed up and put in good performances this afternoon which was pleasing.”
Ellis Brown opened the scoring before Myles Weston made it 2-0. Trialists Craig Fagan and Roman Michael-Percil got on the scoresheet before Jack Payne made it five.
Brown was pleased with Brown and Weston’s contribution, as Southend United fans got a chance to look at the two newest signings for the first time.
He said: “Ellis did well in the first-half. He went about his business and got his goal despite being up against two defenders who were trying to put a marker down.
“He linked up well with Lee Barnard and his pace caused problems. Myles came on in the second-half and also got a goal, which will please him.
“He came to the club and told me he can play in the central striker position and he certainly showed that with his performance.”
Brown confirmed Barry Corr, Michael Timlin and Paul Smith were rested after a tough week in Spain, but will feature in the two upcoming friendlies next week.