East­wood en­sures a fine re­turn for Brown

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Thomas Han­nah

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.’’

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