Brown pays tribute to his Bury battlers after victory at Gigg Lane.
Southend United manager Phil Brown was delighted with his battling side as the Blues won a tight game 1-0 against Bury at Gigg Lane.
It was fourth vs. fifth in Sky Bet League Two and a David Worrall free kick against his old side proved to be the match-winning moment.
“We didn't play particularly well in the first half and Bury were the better team,” said an honest Brown.
“We got into them at half time and the character was fantastic. It was phenomenal response.”
And Brown paid tribute to the Southend goalscorer, who has gone through an emotional last few weeks personally.
“Dave wants to dedicate that goal to his son, who died after just 45 minutes. He demanded the ball and stuck it in the top corner. He and his girlfriend have been through the mill and that's been part of the reason why he hasn't played recently.
“He wanted to play the game. He wanted to start. He knew how important it is to get this Club out of this division.”
The boss was also delighted with his defence, who kept a seventh consecutive clean sheet.
“In the first half they had lots of shots, chances and possession. We defended excellently. I always ask players to put their body on the line and the old warhorse – Adam Barrett this time – put his body on the line and almost lost a pair in the first half!
“Dan Bentley did well and Cian Bolger was magnificent as well. It's six wins on the bounce.
“It's a massive game at Roots Hall against Luton Town on Saturday.”