Southend manager thrilled with performance against Bury...
Blues boss Phil Brown was beaming from ear to ear following his side's 4-1 thrashing of Bury on Saturday afternoon.
Nile Ranger scored his first goals for the club, Simon Cox added to his tally for the season and Stehpen McLaughlin fired in a wonderful fourth in a brilliant display at Gigg Lane.
Brown spoke afterwards about responding to the 4-0 Checatrade Trophy defeat in style.
"I'm absolutely delighted to come to a place like Bury and score four goals," he said.
"We got 75 minutes out of Nile Ranger and 75 minutes out of Anton Ferdinand; both of them I think came off as a precaution, which is them understanding their body.
"I want to leave them on, of course I do, but at 4-1 I was afforded that luxury.
"But there's a lot of unsung heroes in that changing room. I've just pointed one out because we were 1-0 up and John White cleared one off the line, which I thought was outstanding defending.
"The lads in there have pulled together and realised they weren't at the party on Tuesday. But today was about the mentality and attitude which was absolutely bang on."
Blues made a rapid start to the game, going two goals in front inside 12 minutes before James Vaughan replied from the penalty spot.
And Brown made reference to a change in the travel arrangements which helped his players.
"I've got to say I think that's [the fast start] down to the traveling arrangements," he added. "I really do.
"I spent seven hours on a motorway coming up to Bolton, and we got a 1-1 draw that day, but it was all hands to the pump.
"Today we planned to leave at 11.00am from London Euston and got here at 1.00pm; everyone thinks that's a little bit tight, but Virgin were running perfectly for us.
"It narrows the day down to a 12 hour day as opposed to a 36/48 hour period of time.
"I've got some big boys in there but after a seven hour journey you can't expect them to perform to their best, so hats off to Virgin today!"