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Reaction: Brown on the Blackpool win and Blues' turnaround in fortunes

30 September 2017

Blues boss Phil Brown was delighted to see his side hang on for their third successive win as Mark Oxley’s injury-time penalty save helped Southend secure a 2-1 win at home to Blackpool.

After the game, Brown spoke of his delight for Oxley who’d had an up and down week personally and about his side turnaround in form.

On the Blackpool win…

Obviously, I’m delighted for the players and the amount of work that they put in to get the result. It was one-way traffic second half late on and we had to put our bodies on the line.

In the last minute of the game, the penalty goes against us and Ox was up against Jimmy Ryan who is quite reliable normally from penalties but Mark Oxley’s a big lad. He just had a day off for a funeral, he had a family bereavement so I’m absolutely delighted for him.

It was all about the result, I thought we started both halves exceptionally. They closed us down from the kick-off and we set about our business in the first 10-15 minutes because the warning signs were there.

They’re a good side and they deserved something from the game and they’ll be up there at the end of the season in my opinion if they keep on going the way they’re going, so it was going to be a difficult match today.

On his side’s turnaround in form…

I felt it was fairly similar pre-season to last year where we didn’t have all our stock in place and we didn’t have all our players in place in terms of the fitness levels.

Consequently, when we started the games and we were coming away with draws, there was a good sign that we weren’t losing, but the real warning sign was the Rotherham 5-0. All them draws that we talked about, we could have won, we just needed that little bit of confidence, that little bit of belief to push us over the line.

We got over the line and that’s what we need to do; we need to learn from this, take stock, take a lot of confidence from the fact that we’ve got nine points in three games in a week and then take that into Tuesday in the EFL Trophy but more importantly Doncaster away next week.

If they don’t have the belief and the conidence now after three games on the bounce where we haven’t particularly played well in the middle three points and we didn’t particularly play well today.

We had to be defensively resilient and we were today and the Fleetwood game is a distant memory now where we did play well. It’s not been back to the drawing board, it’s take the three points, take the confidence, take the belief from the fact that we’ve just got nine points in a week and then take it into our next league game

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