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Brown praises Blues' strength

3 February 2016

Manager delighted with Shrewsbury victory

Southend United Manager praised the determination of his players following the 2-1 victory at Shrewsbury on Tuesday night.

Despite having been reduced to ten-men for the second game in succession, the Blues made it back to back victories, thanks to goals from Will Atkinson and Stephen Hendrie.

The team showed their metal yet again, keeping out a late surge from the home side, and the Boss was delighted with another strong display.

“The team showed real character, grit, determination and we kept on going right until the end." Brown said.

“To win here and to get the second goal with ten-men is just fantastic."

With injuries and suspensions raining down heavily on his squad, Brown highlighted the strength and resilience he possesses within his current crop of players.

With many players staking a strong claim for positions in recent weeks, the Manager admits he’ll find it hard to leave many out.

“We’ve got a good squad.” He added.

“We’ve got a good energy about us, and a little bit of momentum at the moment, and a lot of the players want to play.

“I’ve got a treatment room full of injured lads as well, and when they come back, I certainly will have a selection headache.”

The Blues boss was disappointed to lose Michael Timlin, as the Irishman was dismissed midway through the second-half following a second-bookable offence.

Brown believes that Timlin can certainly find himself hard done by with the decision.

“Michael’s apologised to all the lads after the game, he doesn’t have to apologise to nobody.

“Michael has dug us out many times over the years, especially during the play-offs last season.

“He does not have to feel ashamed, I thought the first booking was a poor decision.

“It felt like the fourth-official gave the first yellow card which is wrong.

“If the referee didn’t see it, that’s his problem."

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