Boss admits Dimitri Payet proved the difference at Roots Hall, but the boss was happy with what he saw from his team.
Southend United boss Phil Brown admitted that he was pleased with what he saw from his side despite the narrow 3-2 defeat to West Ham United at Roots Hall.
Kevan Hurst and Jack Payne scored for the Blues, and whilst an unfortunate own goal from Luke Prosser proved the difference on the day, Brown believes that there was one Hammers player in particular, that proved the difference at Roots Hall – new signing Dimitri Payet.
The Frenchman scored two fantastic goals on his debut, and Brown joked that he even asked Slaven Bilic to take the former Marseille man off!
“I'm delighted for my chairman and for the Club that West Ham played a strong squad,” Brown began.
“There was one player - Dimitri Payet - who showed absolute quality and I asked Slaven [Bilic] whether he was going to take him off, and make it more of an even game!
“It was played at a great pace and I was delighted with the quality we provided. There was a lot of quality in the final third. If we can supply a bit more support to David Mooney, I'll be pleased. There are good, pleasing signs.
“We can use today as a good tool for League 1.”
Hurst opened the scoring after 20 minutes, and Brown wants the winger to kick on, and have another campaign like the 2013-14 campaign.
“Hursty needs a good pre-season under his belt and he needs to be coming to the party on August 8th. He did well and I'm pleased to see him get on the scoresheet. He had the season of his life a couple of seasons ago, and we want to see similar from him.
“All in all, it was a good performance – not a great result – but I was pleased with it, especially considering the hot conditions today.”