Date: 27th September 2015 at 8:14pm
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Manager Phil Brown has said that Southend’s comeback in the game against Scunthorpe this weekend shows the character of the squad.

Southend 2-1 Scunthorpe & Highlights

Speaking to the Official Site following the two one victory, a pleased gaffer explained that he was delighted to see the side pick up their second victory in a week, especially as we had to battle from a goal behind to do it with goals coming from Michael Timlin and Ben Coker.

‘We had a gameplan to start quickly but even the kick off didn`t go well. It wasn`t what we worked at and we wanted to get the supporters behind us. It was a dream goal for them and Gary McSheffrey is capable of doing those sort of things. It took us 25 minutes to get in the game when Ryan Leonard had an attempt that went in the side netting. We switched David Worrall and we started creating a bit more. The winner came in a different guise. It came from the left back and Ben Coker got an assist and a goal. It wasn`t just down to Ben though and we showed determination and were resolute to get the win.’

With second half substitute Noel Hunt coming on and setting up the winner, Brown went on to praise the Irishman’s contribution, but equally the performances of the whole team.

‘I went for the experience on 55 minutes by bringing Noel Hunt on helped us to the win. He linked up well with David Mooney and got himself a great assist. To win by coming from behind is testament to the character of the side.’

Ben Coker was also interviewed after the game, and he was of course thrilled to have got us not only the three points but to have registered his first goal of the campaign.

Speaking to the press in his own interview, he explained that having missed the match against Millwall, it was the perfect return for him.

‘It was the perfect day and I couldn’t have asked for much more. The boys did brilliantly to come back from 1-0 down. It was a great strike from their player but we got back into it and saw the game off professionally. I think we’ve done well to adapt to this league. Our home form isn’t as bad as everyone says it is to be honest.’

Coker goes on to say that at half time non of the boys wanted to stop for the break because they felt they were on a roll so being able to maintain that in the second period was very pleasing as sometimes half time can come at the wrong time when you feel you’re in the ascendancy in games.

‘We didn’t want half time to come after Tims scored and Noel came on at half time to help us out. He said he owed me as I put a couple on his head over the last few games. It was a great ball and I just smashed it.’

With Crewe Alexandra and Burton Albion up next week now, the 26 year old also said that the aim would be to get two more back to back victories to really put ourselves in a strong position.

‘We have some massive games coming up and if we can get three or four wins in a row that will set us up really nicely. I was lucky to get back in to be honest because Pross has done really well, but the competition is healthy at the moment!’


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