Blues Boss reflects on 3-1 win over the league leadersSouthend United Manager Phil Brown believes his side made a real statement of intent by putting league leaders Burton Albion to the sword on Monday night.
Goals from Anthony Wordsworth, Tyrone Barnett and David Mooney gave the Blues an impressive 3-1 victory over the Brewers at Roots Hall.
A familiar opponent, Brown knew to expect a tough test from Nigel Clough’s side, and was delighted with the way his side overcame the challenge.
“I think it was a marker put down tonight.” He said.
“The league leaders were in town, a resilient Burton side.
“We’ve played against them eight times since I’ve been at the football club, twice in the league each year, and the two play-off games.
“It was a tight game, and it was a little bit of quality in front of goal that’s eventually won it.”
Anthony Wordsworth had given Southend the lead, before a Stuart Beavon leveller ensured the scores were level at the break.
With the sides at deadlock just past the hour-mark, it took a stroke a magic from striker, Barnett to regain the advantage.
Following some intricate build up play, the ball was fed to Barnett, who took the ball out of his feet before lashing an effort in to the top right-hand corner of the net.
Brown, reflecting on the strike, believes it will go down as a memorable goal come the end of the season.
“People will be talking about Tyrone’s goals for one of the goals of the season for sure.” He added.
“We like to see long-range shots go in to the top corner, but the build-up play was good as well.
“There was three or four first-time passes from Coker, Payne and Noel Hunt.
“His (Barnett’s) first touch was magnificent to turn his defender and make him unaware that he was going to pull the trigger, and that’s the sign of a good striker.”
This result was the perfect reaction following two consecutive defeats on the road for Southend.
Analysing this performance against previous displays, Brown states his players must take the positives from this result and learn from it.
“We’ve got to learn from this.
“Burton are top of the table for a reason, and their reason is their basics are very good, and that’s what we’ve got to learn.
“If our basics are right, and I thought that’s what we did tonight as we outdid the most basic team in the division and consequently won the game.
“I think it’s the case of a video session across the course of the week to show them what I mean by the basics; the regaining of possession, being in the right place at the right time.
“It’s not a fluke, it’s good judgements from good players.”
Brown also paid tribute to the home crowd at Roots Hall, dedicating this win to the home support of the 6,503 that turned out.
“To come to a game on Monday night when it’s on TV is brilliant.
“It was a great crowd, a great support and in my programme notes I asked for us all to go the next level, and down to the punters that we won tonight.”