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Phil Brown: We had to work very hard to get the three points

1 March 2015

Boss delighted with 'hard fought' win over Carlisle United at Roots Hall.

Southend United manager Phil Brown was pleased with a 'hard fought' win over Carlisle United at Roots Hall.

Second half goals from Michael Timlin and Barry Corr gave Blues a 2-0 win and the three points, and Brown was pleased especially with the calibre of Timlin's superb volley just after half time.

“It was a great strike from Michael,” Brown beamed.

“To get the crowd going you have to get the regain and get the next phase of play. We should have scored in the first phase of the move but it's a sweet strike from Michael and nice to see it nestle in the top corner.

“It was a hard fought victory. There were key moments in the game and the main one was the penalty decision. There's pressure in those situations. It was a tough one for the referee but because of this distance, he can't guarantee it's a penalty. It's a difficult one, but I think Ted Smith got a bit of the ball.

“Our mentality was right today. You can never get frustrated with a clean sheet mentality.”

Brown made three defensive changes – one forced, following Dan Bentley's groin injury – and was delighted to see Blues get back to keeping another clean sheet.

Luke Prosser and Adam Thompson lined up together once again, and the boss felt the pair – alongside the rest of the back five – did well against a decent Carlisle outfit.

And Brown says he may have a goalkeeper crisis ahead of Tuesday's trip to AFC Wimbledon.

“We're still not out of the woods with Dan Bentley. He pulled up after his first kick last week. If you can't kick a ball – as a goalkeeper – that's almost 50% of the 'keeper's role. Paul Smith has missed training recently due to a sore calf and Ted had a scan this week. It was a no briner to put Ted in. 

“He went down in the second half. We'll look at the extent of his knock. We may have to get someone in.”

“Pross [Luke Prosser] has not been in the team for six or seven games and Tommo [Adam Thompson] would have felt hard done by last week against Stevenage. 

“They've kept a clean sheet. That was Ben Coker's toughest game defensively. David Amoo caused him problems this afternoon. Amoo has pace and he had opportunities to have a go at his full back, but Ben did well and defended against him.”

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