Date: 26th January 2015 at 5:04pm
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Manager Phil Brown has praised the spirit of the team following our hard fought victory over Portsmouth at Fratton Park at the weekend.

A two one victory that saw Southend come from a goal behind after Adam Thompson put past our own keeper, the manager told the Official Site that he was again pleased with the performance, but did feel we were on the end of another harsh red card as both sides went down to ten men during the game.

‘Every time you come to Portsmouth it’s a tight and nervy encounter. To get the goal before half time was important – we weren’t chasing our tails. The two goals we scored were very good – we’ve been working on diagonal balls. That’s where the first goal came from and the second goal was terrific – David Worrall picked the ball out oft he air like a Premier League player.’

Moving onto the sending off of Barry Corr, he admitted he felt it was harsh and it was really the only negative he could pick out of the 90 minutes.

‘The only downside was the red card. I thought the first yellow was very harsh, and he was always on a tight rope after that. I will always back my players. We’re not an ill disciplined team by any stretch of the imagination. I look at the likes of Luke Prosser, who was sent off against Northampton Town, and now he can’t get back in. The bench was very strong today.’

With Joe Pigott finding the net again, Brown also admitted he would be speaking to Charlton Athletic to see if we could extend the deal until the end of the season, as he’s only with us for 28 days in total but he’s now hit the net twice in three games.

‘Joe is doing well and we’ve made enquiries about extending his loan until the end of the season. He came here originally on a 28 day loan but he’s got himself a couple of goals, so we’re in talks with Charlton about making the loan spell longer. He’s enjoying himself here and we’re hopeful of resolving talks next week.’

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