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MATCH REACTION | Brown delighted with battling victory over The Lions

17 September 2016

Blues Boss on 3-1 Millwall win at Roots Hall...

Southend manager Phil Brown was delighted with his sides battling performance which earned the Blues a first home league win of the season.

David Mooney put Blues ahead after six minutes but Aiden O’Brien pulled a goal back for Millwall 25 minutes later.

Early into the second Stephen McLaughlin restored Southend’s lead with an unstoppable strike before Luke O’Neill ensured the three points.

“We put a system to the players during the week,” said Brown.

“I wanted to take the pressure off the players when they crossed the white line and give them a system that would make it black and white, and it did.

“But it’s not just about systems or players, it’s about the mentality of the players and I thought to a man everybody worked tirelessly today, none more so than the front three who I asked to chase and get after the defenders. That’s exactly what they did.

“They didn’t allow any quality balls to be knocked into their strikers and that’s probably the reason why we succeeded today.”

Brown was especially pleased with the tempo from his team and believes they can start winning more games if they have the same mentality week in week out.

“It was as near the best tempo I’ve seen at Roots Hall since I’ve been here,” he added.

“It was a tempo set by good passing, good movement and slick interplay by two teams who wanted to play.

“Today was about winning the battle and that first 15 minutes I looked at my watch and I thought it was like two or three minutes into the game.

“It was frenetic, it was effervescent, it was bubbly and aggressive.

“I wanted to be out there playing and that’s normally testimony to any kind of football because we as coaches know what that feels like.

“It was one of them types of games I wanted to be involved in and I haven’t been wanting that too many times this season.

“If we can get that mentally and performance more importantly against any opposition then we’ll have half a chance.”

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