Phil Brown praised the mentality of his players.Southend Boss Phil Brown expressed his delight at the Blues’ team performance as a team containing seven senior players, convincingly saw off Gillingham Under 21’s eight-nil, at Roots Hall on Tuesday afternoon.
The game saw an opportunity for members of the squad, who had not had seen much First Team action of late, to get some game time under their belt,
Although Southend faced a side that was younger in comparison, the on-looking Gaffer was delighted with the way the team went about their business.
“I thought the players really did conduct themselves in the right way.” Brown said.
“It’s easy to see the opposition in front of you, which is a very young opposition, but you can only beat what’s in front of you.
“And low and behold we didn’t just beat them, we played professionally, and saw out the game in a comprehensive style.”
Brown was thrilled that the Under-21 league allowed him the opportunity to give senior players match practice, and his players did not disappoint.
“I was delighted with the seniors; we had seven of them out there starting, plus Ted Smith in goal and three juniors.” He added.
“The juniors did well, looking comfortable alongside senior players, which is very important to me.
“The Under 21’s league is an interesting league. You can use all five subs, so you can actually get game time for players that need it.”
With the weekend’s away trip to Swindon Town on the horizon, Brown admits that collectively, the team put themselves right in to contention for the game.
“You can’t knock any of the players out there today.” Brown stated.
“Everyone single one of them has staked a claim to play today.
“I know it was only against Gillingham Under 21’s, and with all due respect we should be beating them.
“But to beat them in the comprehensive style that we did emphasises the attitude of the players that we have at the football club.”
Starting XI v Gillingham Under 21’s: T.Smith, O'Neill, Bolger, Prosser, Kyprianou, Hurst, Deegan, Timlin, McLaughlin, Bridge, Williams.
Goalscorers: McLaughlin (2), Timlin (2), Williams, Hurst, Bridge, Norman.