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Match Reaction: Phil Brown reflects on terrific win over Oxford United

17 January 2015

Gaffer delighted with team spirit and resolve following superb victory over Oxford United.

Southend United manager Phil Brown was a delighted man after his side battled back from 2-1 down with ten men to win the game against Oxford United 3-2.

Barry Corr bagged his sixth goal of the season with seven minutes left to win the game for Blues, but Brown was quick to heap praise on every player in a Southend United shirt at the Kassam Stadium.

“We conceded a goal on half time that left us with a mountain to climb and I told the players that if they thought they were beat, they were. It was a great response,” Brown said.

“The two young lads up front have had a hell of a week. They're young lads playing men's football and it takes a lot out of you.

“Joe Pigott was brave for the second goal and Barry Corr scored as well, which is a big positive for us. Jake Cassidy played well as well,” the boss reflected.

“It's been a good day for us. I can't praise the players enough. Barry knows this division and how to ruffle a few feathers. I have delighted players in there and none more so than Barry. I told him to effect the game and my word he did.”

Ben Coker was terrific and grabbed a hat-trick of assists, and Brown believes the talented left back can play at a higher division.

“Ben's got a delightful left foot and he passes the ball like a player from a higher division. He doesn't give the ball away and got the assists today. He was different class. He will play at a higher level – hopefully with us.”

And on Adam Barrett's absence from the Blues squad, the Blues Gaffer said the centre back will be back in contention for the trip to the south coast in a week's time when Blues head to Fratton Park to take on Portsmouth.

“Adam's aiming to be back in training on Monday. He's chomping at the bit and he really can't wait to pull on the Southend shirt again when we go down to Portsmouth next week.”

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