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Match Reaction: Phil Brown delighted to get back to winning ways

1 November 2014

Boss delighted to pick up the valuable three points against the Stags

Southend United manager Phil Brown was delighted with the performance of his team as Blues got back to winning ways with an excellent 2-1 victory away at Mansfield Town.

Blues had previously gone five games without a win but a stunning strike from Ryan Leonard and a second half strike by David Worrall sealed the points for the Essex side.

“The first half was quite close to being the best I've seen us play,” Brown reflected happily.

“Barry Corr was excellent and was unlucky not to score. That's the best I've seen Barry play today. He worked so hard for the team. The front two led the line really well today.

“We dropped ourselves in it in the end and they scored a goal to make it an exciting end to the game. We answered their questions and the one time we didn't we were punished. We should have been out of sight, to be honest.”

Brown was delighted to see Worrall – who ended up bagging the match winner – score for the second time in his last three games, and is backing his defenders to get back to keeping shut outs in Sky Bet League Two.

“I was pleased for David Worrall. I think it shows exactly what he's about – he's someone that has played the majority of his career at a higher level and he was very good today, and got his goal.

“We got 20-odd clean sheets last year and that's the mentality we have to get back for this season.

“We have some good defenders in the squad. I look on the bench and see the quality of Adam Thompson and Cian Bolger on the bench, whilst both Mads Ibenfeldt and Ben Coker are injured. We have to get back to that mentality.

“The players have been under the cosh and the anxiety levels were about. The confidence is back now with the win.”

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