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BROWN | Belief restored with Blades victory

17 August 2016

Blues Boss delighted to see his side get their first win of the season.

Southend United Manager, Phil Brown believes his players received a much needed boost from the 3-0 victory over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Tuesday night.

A blistering start to the game from Southend was rewarded with goals from a Jack O’Connell own goal, Stephen McLaughlin and Simon Cox to give the visitors a three-goal advantage at the break.

The away side held strong in the second half to record a much deserved victory on the road and their first of the season.

And Brown was delighted with the way his players rose to the challenge in a tough environment to get back to winning ways.

“To a man everybody stood up to the pressure tonight.

“We grew up tonight as a team, that doesn’t mean to say that we’re there, we haven’t arrived by any stretch of the imagination but at least we’ve put a marker down in the division now and people will now be looking what we can throw at them.

“Confidence is an important key factor in any game of football and in fact in any sport and confidence was waning, there was no doubt about it, but the belief has been restored with a tremendous three-nil victory at Bramall Lane.

“Defensively we had to stand up to the pressure that they put us under and to get a
Clean sheet at Bramall Lane is always a good sign.

“Then if you’ve got the quality at the top-end of the pitch to stick the ball in the back of the net which we had tonight, then you’ve got a recipe for success.”

One negative from an otherwise brilliant evening in South Yorkshire was when Nile Ranger limped off in the first half after going over on his ankle.

Brown, speaking after the game, was not aware as to the extent of the damage yet, but is hoping it’s nothing serious after Ranger made an impressive start to life at the Club.

“I don’t know the ins and outs of it but it looks like he’s gone over on his ankle.

“In the old days you used to call that a sprain, but nowadays it’s ruptured ligaments and stuff like that but I don’t want to go down that line.

“He’s gone over on his ankle, so let’s see what the next 48 hours bring.”

Blues will now look to make it two wins out of two when they host Bristol Rovers at Roots Hall this Saturday (3pm kick off)Get your tickets here!

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