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Phil Brown: We got a bit of luck but deserved the win against Luton Town

25 April 2015

Brown wants Blues to remain focused on the job in hand, with a trip to Morecambe next week.

Southend United manager Phil Brown was delighted with the determination showed by his team as Blues broke into the top three automatic places with just one game to go.

Michael Timlin's forunate strike was spilled over the line in the second half as Blues – who had earlier had Ben Coker sent off – continued their late charge.

And the boss praised the fans for a terrific atmosphere at a packed Roots Hall this afternoon.

“I think first and foremost the crowd were unbelievable this afternoon,” Brown said.

“We didn't serve up a classic but we had grit and determination to get us where we are. 

“I think the red card was a little bit harsh and the bad piece of luck turned into a good piece of luck with the goal. I feel for the goalkeeper, and a point would have done them. They smelt blood with the 10 vs. 11 and went for it but I think we deserved the win in the end.

“I think the red card was harsh, we had Cian Bolger covering. The two banks of four held out and Barry Corr was magnificent. He had to go above and beyond the call of duty after we went down to ten men.”

And Timlin's goal made it two in the space of a week for the 30-year-old and the boss is pleased to see goals coming from midfield.

“We've been asking for goals from midfield – Will Atkinson has scored two recently and Michael Timlin has a couple recently as well. The performances are not what dreams are made out but the determination has been first class.

“The clean sheet record at fortress Roots Hall and consecutively is phenomenal. There's still one more game to go and Prosser, Barry Corr, Adam Barrett, Ryan Leonard are all shouting it.”

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