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Brown delighted with derby win

6 February 2016

Blues Boss pleased with stylish Colchester display

Southend United Manager, Phil Brown was delighted his side got their just rewards in a 3-0 victory over their local rivals, Colchester United.

The game was heading for a goalless draw up until the 82nd minute when substitute, Anthony Wordsworth came up with the goods with a sweet strike in to the right-hand corner.

The floodgates then opened, as Adam Barrett and Sam McQueen bagged to give the home side the bragging rights.

Colchester up until that point were resolute in their defending, having played close to an hour of the game with ten men following Alex Gilbey’s dismissal for serious foul play.

Brown, pleased with the result, praised the squads’ patience and resilience in getting the result today.

“It’s not easy playing a team down to ten men.” He said.

“Teams are making it difficult for you to play and working for set pieces, which they looked dangerous from.

“We kept on asking, probing and knocking at the door and eventually it opened. Once it opened, we drove a double-decker bus through it in a certain style.

“It looks like a drubbing where Colchester’s concerned, but bottom line is up until the last 10 minutes they defended valiantly for the cause.

“If they had gone away with a point, they probably would’ve deserved it, but once that door opened we finished it off in style.”

Wordsworth who has spent most of the season on the sidelines in an injury plagued season, made a hero’s return to the fold today.

Brown was happy for the midfielder, making such an impact possibly ahead of schedule.

“He’s had a bit of a funny day because he was only on the bench because Noel Hunt couldn’t make it.” He added.

“I thought the game was too early for him and Steve McClaughlin, and then low and behold the game dictates to you and it was crying out for a ball player with a bit of quality and a bit of class in the final third, and that’s Anthony Wordsworth.

“He’s had a season from midfield one year where he got 16 goals, so there’s goals in the lad, and obviously being an ex-Colchester player he’ll be delighted.”

Sam McQueen celebrated his 21st birthday in style, making his full-debut and getting his name on the scoresheet in his first Essex derby.

Brown admits it’ll certainly one to remember for the youngster.

“Sam McQueen, has got a great future ahead of him, which Southampton know, but we witnessed it today.

He was under a bit of pressure with it being his first game, so to finish off with a goal and be on the winning team 3-0, he’ll remember it for the rest of his life.”

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