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Reaction: Brown on Oldham win, penalties and staying in touch with the top six

2 December 2017

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Blues boss Phil Brown was delighted with his side’s performance against Oldham as goals from Jason Demetriou and Josh Wright, plus a penalty save from Mark Oxley secured a 2-0 win.

Following the win which took Southend up into the top 10 in the table, Brown gave us his thoughts on the win, each side’s penalties and keeping in touch with the top six.

On the 2-0 win against Oldham…

It was very pleasing for a couple of reasons, we’ve spoken about what we’re doing this season and where we’re going with it and we put it on the players to be fair to get a response.

You don’t want to be an also-ran, you don’t want to be a middle of the league kind of team, but if we hadn’t of won today you can see gaps; you can see a gap probably too big to bridge.

At the same time, I painted a picture of where the chairman wants the club to be when he does build the new stadium and where I want to be as a manager. It’s not at this level, it’s at the next level at least and we’ve got a team that’s capable of getting there as long as we can keep them on the field of play.

It was important from a marker point of view with nobody else playing that we got to 20 games and you look at that league table and you’ll jump a number amount of places, which psychologically helps everybody.

On the game’s two penalties…

I didn’t want to watch it [Jason Demetriou’s penalty] because I’m sick to death of seeing us miss. I wanted to watch the crowd and see what their reaction was, and see if they hurt as much as I do when we miss a penalty or see the delight in their faces if we do score a penalty.

JD’s [Jason Demetriou] come out on top in terms of penalty takers. As a full-back, I understand you have a technique as a full-back of passing the ball and that’s all we wanted somebody to do, was pass the ball over the line. I can’t tell you whether he did or not, I just know it was a goal.

At the same time, the penalty that we got was no doubt about it, but the penalty they got I wasn’t quite so sure about. As it stands, Mark Oxley stood up to the challenge and made the save, and we went in 1-0 and came out in the second half with that mentality of getting a second goal and trying to silence the critics and hopefully go onto the next win.

On staying in touch with the top six…

Roots Hall is a fortress at the moment, we’ve not lost a game here apart from in a cup match and as long as that remains all season. A lot of people are questioning the pitch, maybe it’s helping us.

What I did emphasise to the players was that last season, if we won today, we’d be on the same points and the same amount of games, and we know where we finished last year.

I think it’ll be a bigger total this year, I think there are six strong teams setting the gallop. If you’re hanging on the shirt tails of one of them you just want one to come out, but you need to hit the form now and that’s what we’re doing. 

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