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Phil Brown: The character, heart and desire was superb from my players

19 September 2015

Boss thrilled with victory and team performance against the Lions following 2-0 win.

Southend United manager Phil Brown hailed his side's desire after the Blues returned to Essex with the three points after defeating Millwall.

Headed goals from David Mooney and Adam Barrett helped Blues on their way to a 2-0 victory at the Den, and Brown was delighted with a number of qualities in his team.

“It was good reward for the determination to but last week's defeat on the back burner,” the boss began.

“We're undefeated away from home and it was a case of showing spirit, character and heart. The support was brilliant and the home support at Roots Hall is brilliant as well but the atmosphere was different today. 

“Michael Timlin showed a desire to win the game as captain, Gary Deegan came into the team and Ryan Leonard covered every blade of grass as well. I could go on and on.

“Adam Barrett wanted to win this game and he showed it today with a great defensive performance and scoring. All the lads were different class today.

“You can't ask any more of Luke O'Neill to finish the game after going down with cramp after an hour. The spirit was personified by all the celebrations after Ads' goal. He certainly showed today that he can play at this level.”

The boss made five changes to the squad for the match, and felt 'experience' was key for the game against Neil Harris' Lions.

“Some of the changes were forced,” he said.

“Glen Rea will have a great career ahead of him but last week I should have probably rested him. He's played a lot in recent weeks for us and for his country. Today was about experience and that's why the likes of Luke Prosser, Adam Barrett and Luke O'Neill – to a certain extent – played a big part today.

“We have to compound today's victory with victory next week when Scunthorpe come to town.”

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