Eastwood ensures a fine return for Brown
THE last time Phil Brown led a team out at Hartlepool, his Preston side won 1-0 and he was sacked the next day.
After victory by the same scoreline for his Southend outfit, it’s fair to say he won’t be called in by the chairman today to collect his P45.
Victoria Park, where Brown started his playing career in 1979, has become a happy hunting ground.
And he was proud of his players after the ten-men dug in to see out a victory earned thanks to an early Freddy Eastwood tap in.
Shrimpers’ striker Barry Corr was harshly red carded right on halftime, but the visitors showed resilience to earn a second win of the season.
“It’s a big win, it sets a marker down with regards of how we play, the style of football, workrate, commitment, togetherness – all those things managers look for when trying to create a team,’’ said Brown.
“We defended and helped each other – it was magnificent in terms of character, resilience and results.
“I asked for a big game from Freddy and Barry Corr. I made my debut here in 1979 and know the pitch is a massive one. But we used the ball well and it didn’t become too big. for us.’’
The only goal came when Will Atkinson made the most of a slack Darren Holden clearance and then crossed low for Eastwood to clinically net. Pools did dominate the rest of the game, but couldn’t find a way through.
Corr’s red card came shortly after a 15-man melee when he tangled with defender Jack Baldwin and clipped his legs.
Referee Mark Brown sent him off on the advice of an assistant and Phil Brown said: “I’ll look at it, but Barry is adamant he’s not done enough to warrant a red card and some of our staff feel the same.’’ Pools were denied by keeper Daniel Bentley when James Poole fired at goal from distance, while chances aplenty went begging as the game went on.
It means a second successive defeat without scoring for new boss Colin Cooper and he admitted: “As someone new into this job, I’ll have to learn off the frustration. For the majority of the game the lads did what we are working on.
“We need a solution to putting the ball in the goal and we will do that. The bits in between are coming and the rest will be there.
“I cannot ask any more in terms of application and effort and all that.We need the solution to scoring, but we will get there, I keep saying ‘keep believing’ and I genuinely believe we will be fine.’’