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Reaction: Brown discusses hard-fought Bury win, keeping a clean sheet and Kightly's return

21 October 2017

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Phil Brown was delighted to see his Blues grind out a 1-0 win against Bury, with Ryan Leonard’s wonder strike the difference in tricky conditions at Roots Hall.

After the game, Brown spoke to the club to discuss the win in tricky conditions against the Shakers, keeping a clean sheet and the return of Michael Kightly from injury.

On the win against Bury…

When Storm Brian was in town I thought this morning it wasn’t actually going to play a part in the game, but for me, it was telling the players to expect the worse in terms of conditions.

Telling the players to expect an ugly game and the bottom line is we’ll pick the papers up tomorrow and you’ll see Southend 1-0 Bury and that’s what we’ve seen and that’s what we’ve witnessed.

Nobody will know the ins and outs of the game, who played well, who played indifferently. Bottom line is it was won by a great strike from Ryan Leonard and I’m glad somebody actually created that little piece of magic to send our supporters home happy.

On keeping a clean sheet…

It’s only the third this season. The third in 15 games is not enough for me. You need to a third of your games [getting a clean sheet] as opposed to a fifth of your games, but I’ll do the maths, I’ll do the stats, I’ll do the understanding of why we got the clean sheet.

I thought the mentality was right today. I’ve often talked about clean sheet mentality and I just thought the whole group’s mentality knew it was going to be a horrible day to play football and it was going to be a grind, and it wasn’t going to be pretty, but we just needed to send our supporters home happy and I think we did.

On the return of Michael Kightly…

It does make my life easier because as a manager all you want to do is get your best players out and I’ve had far too many of my best players in the treatment room.

That doesn’t mean the players that have been churning performances week in and week out are bad players, but we just need to have a big strong squad to choose from so that I do have those kind of headaches.

I thought the first 10 minutes, Michael Kightly showed what I’d been missing for five or six weeks and then I obviously knew he was going to tire.

I’m delighted for [Kightly], he’s been sitting there very, very frustrated. All he wants to do is play football, watch football, he’s football crazy and it really hurt him sitting there watching his team playing and not winning, and playing and not playing some great football, and he contributed today.

Hopefully, that’ll stand him in good stead. He might have some part to play in the Billericay game if I think it’s a good enough, strong enough game to test him. If not, it’s Walsall next Saturday.  


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