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Match Reaction: Phil Brown delighted as patience pays off for Blues

29 November 2014

Gaffer delighted as his side's patience finally pays off following a 2-0 victory over Northampton Town at Roots Hall

Southend United manager Phil Brown expressed his delight as his side earned a 2-0 victory over ten-man Northampton Town at Roots Hall.

Second half goals from Barry Corr and David Worrall sealed another valuable three points for Blues and Brown hailed his side’s patience as Southend completed an impressive month.

“We had a disappointing October and now we’ve just had a terrific November,” Brown beamed.

“It was never comfortable, and I felt that Northampton were starting to come into the game a little bit just prior to us getting the penalty.

“We got a bit of good fortune with it, but Barry put it away really well.

“We had to be patient out there. They came into the game and we scored at good times. I always felt we had enough quality on the field to get the win, and thankfully, our patience paid off.”

New signing John-Joe O’Toole was put straight into the starting XI following his move – ironically – from Northampton, and Brown was impressed with how his new man got on in the middle of midfield, alongside Michael Timlin.

“John-Joe’s come to us on loan with a view to a permanent contract and I think today, he went a long was to earning himself a contract with us,” Brown said.
“He’s played a big part in a big victory for us and I thought he was very good alongside Michael Timlin.

“Michael played very well as well. I thought he showed some excellent leadership qualities out there.

“Teams are going to come here with a gameplan and try to slow the game down. I was astonished to see the likes of Chris Hackett, Ivan Toney and Kaid Mohamed not starting.”

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