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Match Reaction: Boss delighted with Blues spirit after another away win

24 January 2015

Gaffer thrilled with hard fought win over Portsmouth at Fratton Park, but won't get the beers in!

Southend United manager Phil Brown paid tribute to his side once again, as the Blues troops dug in to register another victory on the road, the latest coming against Portsmouth at Fratton Park with a 2-1 victory.

Ryan Leonard equalised for the visitors four minutes after an Adam Thompson own goal gave the hosts the lead, before Joe Pigott grabbed the winner – and his second goal in three Blues games – to earn Southend their fifth consecutive win over Pompey.

“Every time you come to Portsmouth it's a tight and nervy encounter. To get the goal before half time was important – we weren't chasing our tails,” the boss said.

“The two goals we scored were very good – we've been working on the diagonal balls. That's where the first goal came from and the second goal was terrific – David Worrall picked the ball out of the air like a Premier League.”

On Barry Corr's late sending off, Brown said that was the only negative of an extremely promising performance on the south coast.

Corr saw red for two bookable offences, but Brown felt the first booking was 'harsh'.

“The only downside today was the red card. I thought the first yellow was very harsh, and he was always on a tight rope after that. I will always back my players.

“We're not an ill disciplined team by any stretch of the imagination. I look at the likes of Luke Prosser, who was sent off against Northampton Town, and now he can't get back in. The bench was very strong today.”

And before signing off from the post-match press questions, Brown praised the Blue Army, with over 1,200 Southend supporters cheering their team on to victory against Pompey.

“I'm delighted for the supporters today, and although I can't buy them all a pint, hopefully they will have a few beers tonight and celebrate the three points! The win was for them.”

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