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Phil Brown: The commitment we showed was fantastic, but it's only half time

10 May 2015

Boss delighted with his side's commitment in the first leg of the play-off semi-final at the Lamex Stadium.

Southend United manager Phil Brown was pleased to pick up a draw at the Lamex Stadium as Blues and Stevenage played out a 1-1 scoreline.

Barry Corr's equaliser on the hour mark levelled up the scores after Dean Parrett's terrific effort early into the second half.

“I was delighted with the commitment both teams showed. I was delighted with the quality too. 

“Both sides could’ve won it and both sides could’ve lost it too. If truth be known we probably had more clear cut chances but they had their opportunities too. 

“We’ve drawn at half-time going back to Roots Hall and I think it will be exactly the same type of game. The highlight of the game was the clash of heads and I mean that in a positive way because it showed both sides were fully committed to the cause.”

And the boss says there's good news with regard to Michael Timlin's horrific injury in the first half.

The battling Blues midfielder had to come off early into the game after a sickening clash of heads with Stevenage captain Bira Dembele.

“Michael Timlin is sporting about 25 stitches on his forehead. They tried to win the psychological battle by leaving their player on but we always knew he would come off at half-time. 

“If both players are playing on Thursday I’ll be astounded but Tims [Timlin] is already staking a claim. 

“He wanted to stay on but I think he was a bit punch drunk. Michael was staggering all over the place but both teams showed commitment.

“There was more grass on the pitch this time. We had a game plan we stuck to and it’s all to play for. No team is favourite for the second leg. Both teams are committed but we’re at home. We’ve only lost three games out of 23 there.”

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