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REACTION | Brown delighted to mark 200 games with "big performance"

4 February 2017

Phil Brown gives his thoughts on a massive win for his side...

Phil Brown was delighted to see his side put in a “big performance” to mark his 200th game as Blues boss with a 3-1 win against the league leaders Scunthorpe United.

Goals from Marc-Antoine Fortune, Simon Cox and Ryan Leonard was the perfect riposte to Murray Wallace’s fifth minute goal that had put Graham Alexander’s side in front early on. 

Brown said that reaching 200 games with Southend was a “proud moment” for him but that he was happier with the result than his personal milestone. 

“These milestones come along and they come along quick. If you get past 100 these days you’re having a wonderful time at a football club” said Brown.  

“To get to 200 is a proud moment and it’s nice to know you must be doing something right if you keep getting selected by the chairman. 

“Today was about a big performance. I don’t think the players were looking at me and saying ‘200 games and we’re going to turn in a performance’.

“Games like this of late have come along regularly and today we stepped up to the plate which is a good sign for me coming into the latter stages of the season.”

In Phil Brown’s words Scunthorpe’s goal came thanks to a “comedy of errors” but he was delighted to see his players show the quality needed to get level before the break. 

“It was a comedy of errors [Scunthorpe’s goal] and one or two hands went up at half time, but at the end of the day we had the quality to get level just before half time and that set up the second half. 

“We played well enough in the first half. I thought we played some wonderful football and if I looked at the stats it was pointing towards a win.

“Half time tends to stem the tide and change the flow of the game which it did do. It looked like a little bit of a stifled 1-1 draw and could possibly peter out but I don’t think our players were in the mood for it to petering out.”

Marc-Antoine Fortune grabbed Southend’s equaliser to help set up the win and the Blues boss was full of praise for his front man who responded well to the signing of Theo Robinson on deadline day. 

And with a vital three points seeing Southend rise back into the play-off places, Brown feels his side are now “nicely poised” going into the final third of the campaign. 

“I was delighted for Marc. You bring another striker in and a goal-scoring striker in, a ‘young pretender’ compared to Marc, he had a point to prove and he got himself a goal and you’ve got to say an important goal. 

“Then Coxy [Simon Cox] goes and scores and then Lenny [Ryan Leonard] who’s been quiet in terms of goal-scoring, he gets in on the act. It’s a lot to do with spirit, they’re all feeling like they need to chip in and to be involved this season. 

“With a third of it to go we’re nicely poised. I think they know that but they also know how serious it is and how much hard work it’s going to take to get us anywhere near.”

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