Timlin shows the strength Shrimpers need for final clash
SOUTHEND beat Wycombe 2-0 last month, but not on the pitch, writes Shrimpers fan and journalist Paul Warburton.
The two teams’ clashes on the field this season saw Wycombe coming out on top 4-1 in December and then salvaging a 2-2 draw at Roots Hall in March.
But when it came to the League Two PFA team of the year, the Shrimpers had keeper Dan Bentley voted best in the division by his peers, while leftback Ben Coker got the same accolade for his position.
Wanderers, despite a magnificent campaign, were not represented.
Both Bentley and Coker are important to United manager Phil Brown’s hopes at Wembley, but recently returned centre back Adam Barrett has blue blood running through his veins, heaps of experience in the division and a cool head when things get fraught.
However, hero of the moment is midfielder Michael Timlin (pictured far left).
The combative former Fulham man got the kind of head gash against Stevenage in the first leg of the play-off semi final last seen in a slasher movie.
The horrendous cut needed 26 stitches, but with Petr Cech cap in place, Tims was back for the second days later.
He rounded off a marvellous display by curling home the final goal for the 3-1 and 4-2 on aggregate.
The player also has the experience of a play-off final, albeit a losing one for Swindon against Millwall in 2010. The bonus money will come in handy if he wins this time – Timlin gets married next month and reckons hiring
just four a decent photographer to photoshop the head scar out of the pictures will cost him.
It was a major disappointment on the final day of the regular season, and Wycombe know all about that too, but Brown reckons the force has returned to a team who, until Morecambe wrecked automatic hopes, had notched a club record eight clean sheets in a row.