Phil Brown gives his reaction to the pre-season win over Bishop's Stortford
Last night saw Blues breeze past Bishop’s Stortford thanks to a brace from Simon Cox, and a goal apiece from Michael Kightly and Nico Cotton.
After the game, Southend boss Phil Brown gave us his reaction to the win as well as the performances of his front two and winger Jermaine McGlashan.
On the win…
I’m not bothered about the score line, it’s not an issue with me; it’s the attitude and the mentality of the players, and everybody coming through unscathed and that’s exactly what happened tonight.
The attitude from minute one was spot on. Anton had to go through it a little bit as we all know what’s happening tomorrow, but he wanted to play as long as he possibly could and he got 60 minutes.
The rest of the group, I’ve tried to get 75-minutes and some more…it’s moving along nicely. We’ve played some good football tonight, which is pleasing.
We created a lot of good opportunities and we put four of them away. It’s great when your strikers are scoring in pre-season; it’s normally a good sign that they’re in a healthy space, they’re in good head space and they’re planning on moving forward with the rest of the group in the next two or three weeks.
On getting to know his players better…
I’ve known Michael [Turner] for long enough now, I know exactly what his strengths are and he’s a colossus.
He just gets himself in the way of attacks, stops things and breaks things up, and if he’s got somebody in front of him to pass to he’s a good centre half at this level. In fact, he’s better than a good centre half, he’s played at a higher level – same as Anton – we’ve just got to get the players fitter.
John White got 30 minutes today. Jason Demetriou was thinking he wants a 90-minute game, it’s a balancing act; individuals, how long to play them, who wants two full games.
The piecing of the jigsaw together was highlighted by some of the good interplay between Kightly and Stephen Hendrie, joining in with Coxy.
On his strike pairing…
I thought the front two tonight were very impressive. They pressed the living daylights out of the opposition.
It doesn’t matter who you’re playing against, whether it be non-league opposition or Brighton next Tuesday, or Blackburn first game of the season, if you can’t press because you can’t run then you’re going to get hurt.
We showed a willingness to press and try and destroy, smother anything the opposition tried to create and we did that successfully tonight.
On Jermaine McGlashan…
Jermaine recognised that with Michael Kightly, Stephen Hendrie and Stephen McLaughlin still in the camp that there’s going to be competition for places out wide.
He knows I like playing a lop-sided 4-4-2, but it’s up to him to force his way into the team to play 4-4-2 with two wingers.
If I’ve got that with both wingers understanding that there’s a defensive role to be had as well as playing nice wing play, then they’ve got half a chance of starting in the team.