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Phil Brown: We were more determined to get the win than Exeter City

18 April 2015

Boss delighted with fifth consecutive victory for the Blues.

Southend United manager Phil Brown felt his side 'had more determination' than opponents Exeter City, as a late Michael Timlin strike registered a 1-0 win for the Blues – and a fifth consecutive win.

Blues produced a better performance in the second half, with Timlin's effort into stoppage time somehow finding a way into the back of the net after a Jack Payne pul back.

And Brown reflected that it was exactly what his side deserved in Devon.

“We had to wait for it and it was nerve-wracking at the end,” the boss said.

“The subs came on and made a massive difference. We started the second half better than the first and did better. The ground was firm and hard and it was more of a battle than a game of football and it's a massive three points for us.

“We had a great bench today being able to bring on the likes of Barry Corr, Jack Payne and Myles Weston. I didn't think the width caused them too many problems and we went for a diamond formation.

“It was the old warhorse Michael Timlin that got us the goal and he was fantastic – he deserves it more than anybody.

“They're a decent side and they played more football than us but we had more determination to get the win today.

“Nobody got a foot on the ball in the first half. The second half was better and I think we got what we deserved in the end.”

And the boss believes the win at St James Park, as well as Bury's victory at Portsmouth, sets up a mouthwatering fixture at Gigg Lane on Tuesday evening as both sides battle for the automatic promotion places.

“It's a great game on Tuesday now,” Brown said.

“Bury won today and it's a real six-pointed for the third place. We've won the last five now and six clean sheets in a row – I'm delighted with the mentality of the squad. 

“John White would have been 50/50 today and I'd say he's 80/20 for Tuesday, but Lenny wants the shirt!”

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