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Breaking News: Phil Brown and Adam Barrett earn monthly awards

1 May 2015

Boss picks up Manager of the Month for April, as Barrett earns Player of the Month.

Southend United manager Phil Brown has been named the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for April.

Along with the boss, Adam Barrett earned the Player of the Month award, as the team won seven of the seven games in the month, as well as keeping eight consecutive clean sheets.

On his award, the boss said: “I know there's a lot people who talk about the so called curse, but it doesn't even come into play.

“We need to focus on the job in hand. I'm delighted with it and there's a mark of respect towards it in terms of what we want to do.

“I dedicate it to the staff and players. It's perfect timing to get my third award in a row and as Graham Coughlan said to me when I joined the Club just over two years ago, 'if you get three in a season, you'll deserve to get promotion'. Let's hope that's the case.”

And Barrett, who has been a key figure in the Blues' great form, was delighted to earn the gong.

"I only found out yesterday I was nominated and I’m really pleased – it normally goes to the goalscorers!

 I’ll give up any award if it means we get promoted on Saturday, no doubt about it. It’s always nice to be recognised, as normally it's the forwards who get all the credit!"

George Burley chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: “At this stage of the season all managers are looking for a final push up the table. Phil has won all seven games and not conceded a goal in an amazing record in April.”

Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “It is no surprise that Phil Brown has taken the Sky Bet League Two award for April.

“Seven games resulting in seven victories with zero goals conceded and nine goals scored. Could Phil have wished for anything more?!

“Adam Barrett has been the rock in the centre of Phil Brown’s defence during a seven-game run without conceding a single goal."

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