Blues Boss delighted with Barnsley victory.Phil Brown hailed his sides mentality which he added “renews the belief” to finish the season strong.
Blues put in an accomplished away performance against the league’s in-form side, the goals coming from Jack Payne after a matter of minutes and Michael Timlin with a late pile-driver to cap off a great day in South Yorkshire.
The Southend manager was ultimately thrilled with the performance which stops a three game winless run.
“This result gets us back on track,” said Brown.
“I made three changes today, one because of Dave Worrall’s injury.
“I’m looking for a winning formula and a team, with ten games to go, that will get us into the play-offs.
“Today’s result has given us renewed belief.
“We have a points total that we were trying to achieve at the start of the season and that points total hasn’t changed.
“It’s still achievable and until it’s not achievable, then we’ll start playing the kids.
“If you had said we would get three points from the Chesterfield and Barnsley game, I would have said it would be the home one, certainly the form that Barnsley are in.
“It’s a great result that renews the confidence.”
The Tykes pressed for an equaliser late on before Timlin ensured the points were Blues’.
In the first half, they were presented with a golden chance from the penalty spot, but Connor Hourihane sent it wide.
Daniel Bentley received a yellow card for the infringement, and Brown said it was the right colour card.
“I don’t think [Bentley should have been sent off],” he added.
“The lad was quick but he would have to have been really quick to get to the ball before it hit the by-line.
“I don’t think there were any covering defenders, but where the ball ended up I thought it would be out of play before he could get there.”
“We knew they are a good side and they are the form team in the league at the moment, full of youthful exuberance,full of energy, full of good footballers.
“We got the first goal and to be fair we could have gone on to be three or four up.
“I thought the quality was there today, especially in the first 20 to 25 minutes.
“The penalty unhinged us and all of a sudden we weren’t going the things we were in the first 25 minutes.
“They missed the penalty, we got to half time and we came out in the second half with the mentality that 1-0 would win the game.
“It was nice to see Michael Timlin get on the scoresheet which allowed us to breathe a little easier.”