Date: 24th May 2015 at 5:50pm
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Manager Phil Brown has said the Southend lads never stopped believing in what they were doing when it came to securing promotion to League One in 2014-15.

With ups and downs in the season, it was a tense, nervy and bum squeaking Wembley Final that certainly had ups and downs of its own, but with the late extra time leveller from Joe Pigott, Brown couldn’t have been more proud of how the team kept going in the game, ultimately taking promotion via the penalty spot.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game, he explained.

‘The last time I was here in a play-off Final was with Hull City. Winning that day was special, but this feels even better. I feel desperately sorry for all at Wycombe Wanderers and Gareth especially. They’ve had a fabulous season. There’s a lot of things that happen in football and it was left in the lap of the Gods. The young lads and the old lads did themselves proud.’

He went on to say that our 120th minute leveller showed what Southend were about as heads didn’t drop, the players stayed ‘first class’ and kept plugging away and believing we could get the equaliser – however unlikely that was beginning to look – and having dug that deep they got their rewards.

‘You have to keep believing in your players. We all believed up until the last kick of the 49th game and we’ve done it.’

With Dan Bentley being unlucky on the free kick for their opener – something that irked him as it happened the other year against Wycombe as well – Brown went on to say the interest he was getting was well deserved as he, like the rest of the team, had been brilliant all season.

Saving two penalties on the night was a just desert for our young stopper.

‘Dan’s a match-winner and has done brilliant all season. He’ll go to the very top and he’s kept clean sheets at vital times this season. Full credit to him and all the lads for not just the efforts in the Final, but over the course of the season. We’ll dust ourselves down in the summer, enjoy the break and come back raring to go for League One next season. It’s something we set out to achieve last summer and it feels fantastic to have achieved what we wanted.’

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