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Phil Brown: We didn't deserve to win, but it's a great result

31 January 2015

The boss brutally honest following a late victory over York City at Roots Hall.

Southend United manager Phil Brown pulled no punches following a late victory over York City, and said the Blues didn't deserve to beat the Minstermen at Roots Hall.

A lacklustre Blues weren't at their best in the Sky Bet League Two clash, but Shaq Coulthirst's penalty with on four minutes of normal time remaining, sealed a 1-0 win for Blues and registered their first home win – and goal – since late November.

“I'm relieved more than anything,” the boss said.

“I think that's the first time since I arrived at the Club where we've gone in there and won ugly. We didn't deserve to win today.

“York showed what a decent side they are and they put enough in the game. They deserved to win the game. 

“The training this week has been absolutely outstanding – we needed to get out there on the training ground. I don't know why we weren't up to scratch today. We had an outstanding bench today, and that was with Adam Barrett, Lee Barnard.”

But Brown was quick to please the impact that the substitutes had on the game, and is delighted with the last three results for his upwardly mobile side.

“The subs made a massive impact, the obvious one being Shaq Coulthirst. We've now picked up nine points from a possible nine, with two terrific away wins and a tough game against York today.

“The lads have all got smiles on their faces, and that's because they're all relieved. I was worried it would be another 0-0, but we were lucky today.”

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