Blues Manager reflects on 2-0 pre-season friendly defeat to Newcastle United.Southend United Manager Phil Brown felt the Newcastle United game was a good test for his players.
A very tight affair at Roots Hall was decided by two impressive second half strikes by Vernon Anita and Yoan Gouffran.
Brown, speaking after the game was impressed by his side’s discipline as they managed to contain the Championship title favourites for large parts of the game.
The Blues Boss felt belief and confidence in possession and in the final third was the difference between the two sides in this one though.
“I knew this game was going be a tough one without the ball, but the fitness levels of the lads will have improved immensely from it.” He said.
“The players put their bodies on the line when things were coming into the penalty box. You ask your players to defend properly in games like this and they had to.
“It was little bits of quality that was glaringly obvious at the time when they turned it on a wee bit, and you could see there was a division or two between the two sides.
“But in the main I thought the organisation and the way we pressed them when we needed to was good, I just wanted our lads to express themselves a little bit better when we had the ball.
“You can tell the difference between the two sides in terms of belief and confidence and I want our lads to start believing, and if they can, play higher.
“But it was about organisation and discipline tonight and both of them we came out on top with.”