CORR BLIMEY FOR BROWN
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
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DELIGHT: Barry Corr celebrates scoring for Southend. Inset: Corr scores