Brian Jeeves reporting from Roots Hall Stadium
SOUTHEND United manager, Phil Brown, was hugely satisfied with his side after goals from Marc-Antoine Fortune, Simon Cox and Ryan Leonard earned the Blues three priceless points with from a 3-1 success over Sky Bet League One leaders, Scunthorpe United, at Roots Hall Stadium.
Brown was taking charge of his 200th Blues match. Speaking at full-time, the Blues chief said: “These milestones come along quicker than normal. Usually, if you get past the 100 mark you are having a wonderful time at the football club. Unfortunately, that’s the state of play in the game.
“But to get to 200 is a proud moment of mine. It is certainly a proud moment for the chairman of the football club. It’s nice to know that you must be doing something right if you keep on getting selected by the chairman.”
“Speaking about the game, Brown said: “Today was about the performance. I don’t think the players were looking at me saying - ‘200 games, we’re going to put in a performance’ - Games like this have come along regularly of late. We have had big opposition and we have stepped up to the plate, which is a good sign coming into the latter stages of the season.
Brown spoke about his side recovering after Murray Wallace had given Scunthorpe and early advantage, adding: “It was a comedy of errors, one or two hands went up at half-time. But at the end of the day, we had the quality to get level just before half-time and that set up the second half.
We played well enough in the first half. We played some wonderful football. I looked at the stats and it was pointing towards a win. But as you know, half-time tends to stem the tide and change the flow of the game, which it did for ten or fifteen minutes. It looked a bit of a stifled 1-1 draw.
“But our players weren’t in the mood for it petering out. They had a point to prove with the league leaders in town.”
“Today was about us being individually and collectively better than the opposition, and I thought we were.”
Blues goalscorer, Ryan Leonard, said: “I thought we did really well today against a good Scunthorpe side who are obviously flying at the top of the league. We’ve given them a goal head start really. We didn’t come out of the blocks. But from then on we were on fire.
Before when I’ve been here we’ve had trouble when we’ve gone a goal behind. But The belief this season, especially at the moment, is that if we go a goal down it really doesn’t matter.
Look at the reaction we had there today. We’ve not had that in a long time. So for us to go a goal down against the top of the league after four or five minutes, it shows tremendous character from every single one of us.