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Phil Brown: I always had belief in these players and we deserved the win today

5 September 2015

Boss thrilled to get first win of the season after victory over Peterborough United.

Southend United manager Phil Brown admitted he was relieved as the Blues earned a hard fought 2-1 home win against Peterborough United.

The Blues had yet to win in the division following promotion in May, but a goal in either half from Adam Barrett – his first since returning to the club – and Noel Hunt secured the points, with Marcus Maddison netting a late consolation for the Posh.

“It's a relief to be honest. It gives the lads the belief to get over the line at this level. I believe in them and they can all play at this level,” Brown said after the game.

“That's why I brought those players in and rewarded players with new contracts. I thought today we could have won the game a lot more comfortably.

“The quality of the goalscoring opportunities and the hard work was priceless. The two strikers were expected to get the end product but to also work and defend from the front. We got our reward today for the hard work and desire.

“I've no idea why Ads [Barrett] was up there for the goal as it wasn't a set piece, he has a goal in him though, that's for sure!”

And Brown wants his side to go on a run in the division now, and was pleased with the chance creation from his side at Roots Hall for today's lunchtime kick off.

“There were moments in the game when we could have gone 3-0 or 4-0 up. It was a very entertaining and open game today,” the boss said.

“It's another home game next week and we have Shrewsbury. They were promoted with us and it's about getting some momentum now. You have to be prepared and you need players with the experience of getting the ball over the line.”

You can watch our full interview with the boss on Blues Player HD by clicking here.

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