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Reaction: Brown on Charlton win

26 December 2017

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Blues boss Phil Brown was delighted to see his Southend side end their barren run with a 3-1 win against Charlton Athletic thanks to goals from Michael Turner and a brace from Simon Cox.

The win ended a run of four straight defeats in all competitions for Blues and after the game, the Southend gaffer gave us his thoughts on the win.

On the Charlton win…

It’s a massive win for us having just come away from Scunthorpe with the same result. It was nerve-wracking to say the least when it went to 2-1, of course it was, by that time at half-time the game should have been over.

I don’t think they threatened our goal too many times in the first half, maybe one occasion, and we had a couple of great opportunities and that final pass, that final ball, that final cross, that final touch just let us down.

But today we’ve scored three good goals and could have had more but the game’s all about pressure. It’s all about the pressure that you’re under as a manager, the pressure that you’re under as a player. Today it was good to see that pressure, feel it, enjoy it and send our punters home happy.

It was fantastic to see nearly a 10,000 crowd. I know they [Charlton] had a good following, but our supporters turned up and I think we’ve rewarded them and vice-versa.

On lifting the pressure off his players…

I think you do [feel the pressure]. Unless you’ve got an unconscientious group which I haven’t, you can tell by the performance against Bradford that we were hurting. You can tell by the performance against Scunthorpe for 60 minutes we were hurting.

To take the pressure off them once they cross the white line it’s up to themselves how they feel, but you’ve got to try and lighten the load and that’s what we did.

We got them in this morning for a little loosener, went on the pitch first and foremost to see what it was like and we realised how poor the pitch was going to be. It’s difficult to play great football on there but we’re playing winning football at Roots Hall.

We lightened the load and took them for a pre-match meal, sat them down, pointed out one or two things that happened on Saturday against Scunthorpe and we had to put them right, and if you’re conscientious you will put it right.

On Saturday’s visit of Shrewsbury…

With the bit of luck, you’re asking the same questions after the Shrewsbury game because the home form is outstanding. It is top-six form no doubt about it at home.

We’re playing a side who have given everyone a surprise the fact they were in the bottom four most of the year last year and survived and now on that survival campaign they’ve decided we’re not going there again and they’re trying to win the league which is fantastic for them.

We’ll have a game plan against Shrewsbury. It’ll be more be about mentality, exactly the same way as what today was about, but if we can get our noses in front and get ahead of steam going the way we did today, we’ll make life difficult for them.

It’s not rocket science what they’re doing; it’s a good group of players working hard and that’s what I had today. 

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