King’s Lynn Town v Southend United – Vanarama National League – The Walks Stadium – Reaction
King’s Lynn Town 0-1 Southend United
Phil Brown paid a huge compliment to the Southend United support after their huge travelling contingent made up approximately two-thirds of the 2,684 audience at King’s Lynn Town’s ‘The Walks’ stadium.
Playing their first game outside the Football League in more than 101-years, Blues triumphed thanks to an early Sam Dalby strike. Nevertheless, the home side offered Southend an insight into National League life by putting up a spirited and direct display, restricting the deficit to a single goal.
“We talked about putting a marker down beforehand, but I thought the supporters put the marker down today,” the Blues boss enthused.
“How can you have a crowd of 2,700 and more than half of it is Southend United? They were all over the place. When I was coming off I was getting applauded and I thought was that the King’s Lynn supporters? No, they were Southend supporters everywhere and they’ve put the marker down.
“If they’re going to do that to us all season, we’ve got to respond with performances. Putting blood, sweat and tears on the shirt, which I’ve always been a bit fan of, and I thought that’s what we did today.”
Brown acknowledged that Southend will be targeted throughout the season, adding: “There’s a big dartboard on our backs and people are going to come after us. But as we’ve seen with Stockport, you are targets for everybody in the league to aim for you because of the money you’ve spent, the budgets, the club being in the Football League for hundreds of years.
“Those targets are on your back and you’ve got to be able to play football with that kind of pressure and I think we did today.”