Boss pleased with progress in JPT after win against the Gas at Roots Hall.
Southend United boss Phil Brown praised the mentality of his side as the Blues progressed into the semi-finals of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy with a 1-0 win at home to Bristol Rovers.
But the manager also admitted it was a tricky test against Darrell Clarke's men, despite John White netting an early winner at Roots Hall on Tuesday night.
“It was hard work and what a good side they are,” Brown began after the game.
“I think that's their second away defeat in something like 29 or 30 games.
“The mentality was right and it started from the likes of Adam Barrett and Adam Thompson. It was a risk in playing two centre backs who haven't played for a number of months but it's a risk worth taking.
“Dan [Bentley]pulled off two one-on-one saves to keep us in the game and they were throwing caution to the wind towards the end.”
And on the winner – White's second ever goal and first at Roots Hall – Brown admitted he was thrilled for his captain to get on the scoresheet.
“John's not got the best ratio in the world but he got on the end of it and it was a good goal!
“John's deserved it. He was out of the side and has come back in to get the winning goal.
“It was a decent crowd that turned up tonight and we look forward to the next round and it's interesting times for us.”