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Phil Brown: We deserved the 3-1 win against Dagenham & Redbridge

14 March 2015

Boss delighted with 'well deserved' victory over the Daggers.

Southend United manager Phil Brown was pleased with his side following a comfortable 3-1 victory away at near neighbours Dagenham & Redbridge in Sky Bet League Two.

Joe Pigott got Blues on their way, and after an equaliser mid-way through the first 45, a Ryan Leonard screamer put the Blues back in command.

Barry Corr scored a penalty early in the second half, and Brown felt the win was 'well deserved'.

“I think it was a well deserved victory,” the boss said.

“The nature of their goal was a little bit sloppy from our perspective. Ryan Leonard got on the scoresheet with a long overdue goal.”

On Leonard's goal, Brown admitted it was something that the former Plymouth Argyle man had been working on in training.

The midfielder volleyed home emphatically on the stroke of half time, and Brown was delighted to see the effort fly into the back of the net.

“He has three now, compared to the nine he got last season, so he's still got a long way to go! It was a great goal though. We've been working on him working the goalkeeper and it was good for us that it's come off.

“Dagenham couldn't really get out during that second half. The goal we conceded was an easy one and we spoke about that at half time. Dan Bentley is disappointed to not get a clean sheet and he pulled off an unbelievable save late on.

“It's a good day at the office for us. It was nice to come in at half time 2-1 up. That got the fans right behind us, and winning at half time meant we could go in at the break and walk past our supporters without any abuse or stick!”

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