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Brown: Bigger three points than Monday

29 March 2014

Brown says Blues had to show their resolve to pick up a 'massive' three points against Torquay United

Southend United manager Phil Brown says the win against Torquay United on Saturday was a huge three points for his side.

After an impressive performance against Oxford United on Monday night, Brown felt this one was even bigger than that victory.

He was delighted with his side’s mettle and resolve throughout the game to come away with the win.

He said: “It was a calculated performance, it was a performance of real resolve and we eventually got the goal to win the game.

“Torquay United are down the bottom fighting for their lives and they came here and set up to frustrate not just us, but the fans too.

“We’ve had to dig in today and we got that goal. We knew they’d come out and play if we got that first goal and we did.

“It was always going to be a different game once we got that goal but we saw the game out well, Dan Bentley wasn’t really troubled.

“Monday was a gold star performance, this was a bronze star, but an absolutely massive performance.”

Brown was thrilled to see Freddy Eastwood come off the bench and score the winning goal.

He added: “We had a bright start but decided to go 4-4-2 and really get at them. It paid dividends, but Freddy made a difference.

“When the ball falls to someone like that in the box you want it to be him, unfortunately in the last couple of weeks for us it hasn’t been.

“It did today and he stuck it away well. With Freddy and Lee both back among the goals, and Jamar coming in to make an impact, the signs are good.

“We’ve also got Barry Corr to come back into the fold. Going forward we’re getting the players back fit.

“And defensively we’re in form, that’s four in a row and 17 for the season. We’re clearly doing something right.”

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