Boss delighted with narrow win against Rob Page's side
Southend United manager Phil Brown admitted that the 1-0 win at Port Vale was ‘the best result’ since he joined the club.
Joe Pigott’s second half goal sunk Vale and earned Blues the spoils as Brown’s men surged up to seventh place in the division.
“It was a good performance in the first half especially and the crown jewels were out on show today,” the boss said.
“It could have gone either way in the first half but we played some great football to get in the final third.
“It was a hard game to manage whether you were a manager, player or referee and it was one of the best refereeing performances I’ve seen in a long time.
“It was a tough and committed game and the best clean sheet and result since I’ve been here, even more so than Wembley and games like that. The performance and result shows that we belong here.”
The match-winning moment was Pigott’s fifth goal in four games and Brown was delighted with the in-form striker, as well as fellow forwards Myles Weston and David Mooney.
“Joe’s in a rich vein of form today and did brilliantly,” Brown reflected.
“Myles Weston stretched Port Vale and David Mooney was very creative as well.
“We did our part for the crowd today and hopefully those 6,500 will continue to come back and support us in the next home game and beyond.”