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REACTION | Phil Brown on a "massive" win for Blues

22 February 2017

Reaction from the Boss after the 4-1 win at the ABAX Stadium...

Phil Brown was elated to have seen his Blues side hit Peterborough for four in a 4-1 away win at the ABAX Stadium. 

Both Jason Demetriou and Michael Timlin grabbed their first goals of the season either side of goals from Marc-Antoine Fortune and Anthony Wordsworth to secure a superb three points. 

Brown felt that his side had executed the game plan "to the nth degree" and that the win was down to a "massive team performance."

"Peterborough are a team you know want to play football and know the crowd want to see football being played, but our game plan was executed to the nth degree," said the Blues boss. 

"It was 11 players out there that were committed to the cause. It was a team performance.

"There will be a lot of plaudits for Michael Timlin scoring because of [having] a baby, all those kind of things but it was a massive, massive team performance."

Southend had had the better of the first half but looked like going in at half time level until Demetriou's header was adjudged to have crossed the line. 

Brown felt the goal before the break was just rewards for their first half performance but pointed to a vital save from Ted Smith late in the game as being just as important. 

"[Demetriou's goal] was vital because of the timing of it. 

"Going in at half time at 0-0 would have been detrimental to our performance because I thought we done well in the first half. 

"The turning point for me or the moment of the game was the save by Ted Smith. My word. 

"I've just said to them in there, Gordon Banks, they haven't got a clue what I'm talking about. At that moment it was 88 minutes on the clock and that would have been 3-2 and problems."

The win sees Southend climb up to 5th in the table and further cement their place in the play-offs. 

And after such a poor start to the season Brown was quick to commend the players in his dressing room for clawing the club into such a promising position. 

"Each week we're trying to set markers and, as I said to you last week, give me 50 points in the middle of February after the start that we had I'd have grabbed it with two hands. 

"But now we're moving on. Bradford didn't play tonight, that puts us ahead of them so slowly but surely we're putting markers down for everybody. 

"Given the start that we'd given this division and what we're doing now it's a credit to the players in the changing room."

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