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Brown | We had it right, box-to-box

23 January 2016

Blues Manager delighted with Coventry victory

Southend United Manager Phil Brown feels his side oozed quality from box-to-box, as they disposed of Coventry City by three goals to nil at Roots Hall.

A gutsy performance in defence, compiled with the cool finishing of Jack Payne and Tyrone Barnett up top, saw the Blues comfortably home and dry, and now just two points of the play-offs.

Brown was full of nothing but praise for his troops, making it two consecutive clean sheets in a row.

“It was a steely and disciplined performance.” He said.

“The draw last week at Peterborough set us back on to good defensive performances.

“We look back to our defensive best; they asked certain questions of us but we kept working hard and filling gaps, putting bodies on the line and getting blocks in.”

Barnett had a dream home debut, bagging a brace in front of the Roots Hall faithful; and Brown is delighted with the impact the loanee is already making.

“At the other end of the pitch we have a strike force that looks potent.” He added.

“Tyrone offers a big threat up front, putting himself about and doing his job.

“It doesn’t matter who he plays with, they’ll get chances as well, and Jack Payne is definitely feeling the benefit of playing with him at the moment.

“It’s good to have things right in both boxes, and today we had that.”

The Blues were up against it five minutes in to the second-half, when they were reduced to ten men following a second booking for Gary Deegan.

The home side didn’t waver however, and continued their graft until the very last minute.

Something that has stemmed from the training ground, Brown says.

“The hard work stems from the way we work together on the training ground during the course of the week, and from the mind-set of the players.

 “That could be seen from minute one, and kept on going until minute 95.

“Resilience would be a great word to describe today’s performance.

“When you’ve got a group that are resilient, they you’ve got half a chance, and today you can name one-to-eleven.

“Every one of them deserves a special mention.

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