Coulthirst sees off Shrews

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

PHIL Brown’s lucky shirt helped se­cure his Southend United side a fourth suc­ces­sive win as they saw off Cap­i­tal One Cup gi­antkillers Shrews­bury Town at Roots Hall.

On-loan Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur striker Shaq Coulthirst bagged the only goal of the game after just two min­utes.

And that main­tained the 100 per cent record of Brown’s favourite top as his side edged past the Shrews who had shocked Cham­pi­onship club Nor­wich City in mid­week.

“It’s def­i­nitely my favourite shirt at the mo­ment and I’ll have to wear it next week­end now as well,” said Brown.

“It’s even lucky the way I got it be­cause I went in to Southend high street and liked the shirt straight away.

“When I saw it had 75 per cent off I liked it even more.

“I’ve worn it five times now and I think we’ve won all five games.

“I didn’t wear it after the first of those wins and we ac­tu­ally lost so I de­cided to bring it back.

“But I’ve washed it in be­tween so it doesn’t smell and thank­fully it worked again to­day.

“Be­ing hon­est I don’t think we re­ally played that bad but it’s a good sign that we’re still able to get the three points.

“It was great for Shaq to get the goal as well and I’m sure that will be won­ders for his con­fi­dence.

“Scor­ing early, like he did put Shrews­bury on the back foot but we had to dig

in to get the points.

“It was all about the men­tal­ity of mak­ing sure we kept that clean sheet.

“Thank­fully we did and we were able to have more joy against them than Shrews­bury did.”

Coulthirst’s goal came after just two min­utes when he bril­liantly headed a right wing cross from John White over the head of Ja­son Leutwiler and in to the bot­tom right hand cor­ner of the net.

The well-taken ef­fort was Coulthirst’s sec­ond of the sea­son and he was soon almost cel­e­brat­ing a third when another close range header, this time from Ke­van Hurst’s right wing cor­ner, was par­ried out by Leutwiler.

Shrews­bury came close to equal­is­ing when Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro fired against the left post from long range but Southend threat­ened again on the stroke of half­time with Coulthirst hav­ing another header kept out by Leutwiler.

The sec­ond half was far less event­ful but Shrews­bury wasted a fan­tas­tic chance to equalise when Akpa-Al­pro headed Jor­dan Clark’s left wing cross over the cross­bar from close range.

The Shrimpers im­me­di­ately hit back with sub­sti­tute Barry Corr head­ing We­ston’s cross straight at Leutwiler.

But Shrews­bury’s hopes of a late lev­eller were hit hard when sub­sti­tute Andy Man­gan was sent off in the 85th minute for two yel­low cards.

The striker had al­ready been cau­tioned for a mist­imed tackle on Gary Dee­gan when he caught Southend goal­keeper Daniel Bent­ley with his arm when chal­leng­ing for the ball.

And man­ager Micky Mel­lon had no com­plaints about the decision.

“You can’t go mak­ing chal­lenges like that when you’re on a yel­low,” said Mel­lon.

“We’ve told him that and he knows that.There’s maybe a touch of frus­tra­tion on his part but you have to use your head in sit­u­a­tions like that and not give the ref­eree a decision to make.”

Mel­lon also re­fused to use Shrews­bury’s cup hero­ics as an ex­cuse for the de­feat.

“We trav­elled on the Fri­day and stayed in a nice ho­tel so I’m not mak­ing any ex­cuses, “said Mel­lon. “We rested the play­ers up on Wed­nes­day and did the same again on Thurs­day.

“I think we still had fire and pas­sion miss­ing out there to­day and the ef­fort is al­ways there to be hon­est.”

OFF: Shrews­bury sub­sti­tute Andy Man­gan gets his red card

PIC­TURES: South­ern News and Pic­tures

FAST START: Southend cel­e­brate Shaq Coulthirst’s goal



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