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Reaction: Brown on Colchester win, Michael Turner and selection headaches

7 November 2017

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Phil Brown’s Blues avoided a second cup exit in quick succession as they easily brushed aside local rivals Colchester United to make the 2nd Round of the Checkatrade Trophy.

Goals from Josh Wright – his first for the club – and Theo Robinson were enough to see Southend win 2-0 at Roots Hall and after the game, the gaffer gave us his thoughts.

On the performance…

I don’t think it was just the win, it was the manner of the performance. The difference in mentality and attitude today compared to Saturday was chalk and cheese.

We took the game to Colchester, bearing in the mind they’re in a different division but the same applied on Saturday, but we applied ourselves from minute one and it could have been two or three within five minutes.

When it doesn’t come you start getting a bit edgy as a manager and you think to yourself is it going to come, and you get the first goal in the first half and if truth be known it should have been three or four by half-time.

But then, no two halves are the same and we wondered what was going to come out of their [players] and you know what’s going to come out of yours, the same mentality, and if we keep that mentality and that attitude and that approach to a game we’ll not be far wrong.

On the debut of Michael Turner…

Michael Turner stepped up to the plate and threw a challenge down to the centre-halves and I thought that’s what Michael did.

The 60-70 minutes that were got were a bonus but he didn’t really break a sweat. Is that the experience or is that the lack of quality from the opposition? I can’t answer that question at the moment, but he just looked like he’d not been out for a long time.

If I can get another 90 minutes out of him on Friday [in a behind closed doors friendly], then we’re halfway through. I imagine Michael is a happy bunny tonight

The plan was 60-30, it ended up being 70-20 which was great for Michael and Anton came on and saw the game through.

On selection headaches…

I would imagine Theo Robinson is more [happy] than Michael. I said to him if you score a goal you’ll put me under pressure to pick a right pairing, and that’s what I’m thinking about already for the Portsmouth game.

We’ve had a settled team for three [league] games and we got seven points from nine, and then we’ve not turned up at Yeovil on Saturday. This is a shot across my bows, they [the players] shot across the players’ bows, the ones that didn’t turn up on Saturday.

Theo’s left a mark to say I’m still around, Michael Turner’s left a mark to say I’m still around, Elvis [Bwomono] has now said I’m here, I’ve arrived, my career is just about to begin and I’ve got Jason Demetriou at internationals, so he’s got to be looking over his shoulder if Elvis can keep up to that level of performance.

But there are lots of positives tonight as opposed to Saturday where I can’t say there were too many positives on Saturday. 

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