The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Chris Phillips

SOUTHEND United man­ager Phil Brown was a happy man af­ter fi­nally see­ing his side get back to win­ning ways at Roots Hall with a much­needed vic­tory against Ply­mouth Ar­gyle.

Shrimpers striker Barry Corr bagged the only goal of the game af­ter 15 min­utes.

And in the process the Ir­ish­man’s close-range fin­ish ended a run of ten home games with­out a win for Blues.

“We need to start mak­ing Roots Hall a tough place to come again and this is cer­tainly a step in the right di­rec­tion,” said Brown.

“I re­mem­ber com­ing here as a player, coach and man­ager and never look­ing for­ward to it and that’s some­thing we want to get back to.

“I thought we put a real marker down out there and, in truth, the 10 score-line maybe flat­tered Ply­mouth a lit­tle bit.

“The play­ers worked hard, got stuck in and the fans, who I thought were bril­liant, re­sponded to that.

“We need to build on this now and start get­ting a feel-good fac­tor back here be­cause I cer­tainly think it’s pos­si­ble.

“Last sea­son the team won just six out of 23 home matches but we’ve won our first game and ev­ery­one can start to set­tle down now.”

Corr, who came close to join­ing Bur­ton Al­bion dur­ing the sum­mer, fired home from close range af­ter Ply­mouth goal­keeper Luke McCormick had done well to keep out a low ef­fort from Marc Laird.

McCormick then also did well to tip a Freddy East­wood free-kick wide of the left post be­fore also block­ing a low shot from Laird with his legs.

An­thony Straker then slashed a 12-yard shot wide of the left post but the missed op­por­tu­ni­ties did not come back to haunt them.

Ply­mouth rarely threat­ened, with Reuben Reid fir­ing their only real chance of the game straight at Daniel Bent­ley from close range.

Bent­ley then smoth­ered a lon­grange shot from Conor Houri­hane but Pil­grims boss John Sheri­dan was crit­i­cal of his side’s be­low-par dis­play, la­belling it his worst since tak­ing con­trol of the club in Jan­uary.

“I'm very dis­ap­pointed with that level of per­for­mance,” said Sheri­dan.

“It was the first game of the sea­son and I ex­pected a lot more from my play­ers be­cause that was prob­a­bly the worst we’ve played since I’ve been here.We didn’t get go­ing at all.

“We had a few chances in the sec­ond half but that was it and Southend de­served their vic­tory on the day.

“We have done all the run­ning in pre-sea­son, we looked sharp and were ready to go.

“But as soon as it came to the open­ing match we looked tired and we had too many play­ers not per­form­ing and it cost us.

“I ex­pected us to play a lot bet­ter and I’ve let the play­ers know that they need to sort it out as soon as pos­si­ble

“Our ball re­ten­tion was shock­ing.” To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

DE­LIGHT: Barry Corr cel­e­brates scor­ing for Southend. Inset: Corr scores

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