WE’LL HAVE BELIEF NOW – BROWN

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

SOUTHEND man­ager Phil Brown be­lieves his side will start to earn more re­spect from their League One ri­vals af­ter se­cur­ing their first suc­cess of the sea­son.

Goals from Adam Bar­rett and Noel Hunt handed last sea­son’s League Two play-off win­ners vic­tory against Peterborough at Roots Hall.

And Brown was de­lighted to end a five-match league win­less streak.

“Af­ter get­ting this win I think we’ll start to get more re­spect from the op­po­si­tion,” said the 56-year-old.

“It’s ob­vi­ously a re­lief for us as well be­cause we had been play­ing well with­out get­ting the re­sults.

“We’ve man­aged to com­bine the two and it gives the lads the con­fi­dence they need at this level.

“It’s not just the play­ers we’ve brought in ei­ther; it’s those who were ply­ing their trade in League Two with us last year.

“It’s about these play­ers con­vinc­ing them­selves that they can now play at this level and not be em­bar­rassed by it.”

Peterborough came close to scor­ing early on when Jon Tay­lor’s left-wing cor­ner was missed by Daniel Bent­ley be­fore be­ing headed off the line by Michael Tim­lin.

In re­ply, Southend wasted a num­ber of good chances, the first of which came early on when David Mooney headed over a right-wing cross from John White.

But, af­ter 32 min­utes, the Shrimpers went in front when Bar­rrett poked the ball home from close range af­ter Ben Al­nwick had de­nied Hunt.

Af­ter the break, Peterborough’s Michael Bost­wick sent a de­flected 25-yard shot against the cross­bar be­fore sub­sti­tute Jack Col­li­son had an ef­fort cleared off the line by Ben Coker.

In re­ply, Hunt was de­nied by Al­nwick from six yards be­fore he worked his way onto the score-sheet in the 70th minute.

The striker was picked out by an ex­cel­lent right-wing free-kick from Coker and guided an ac­cu­rate header into the bot­tom cor­ner for his sec­ond goal in two games.

With the Shrimpers re­main­ing on top, Mooney and Hunt both wasted ex­cel­lent chances to score from close range. Peterborough then hit back to net a last-gasp con­so­la­tion with Mar­cus Mad­di­son fir­ing a low shot into the bot­tom right-hand cor­ner of the net from eight yards.

But, de­spite the dis­ap­point­ing run of re­sults, boss Dave Robert­son re­mains con­vinced Peterborough will soon be back on track.

“Even­tu­ally our luck has to change,” said the Posh boss.

“We’ve had two ef­forts cleared off the line and one off the cross­bar af­ter a de­flec­tion in the sec­ond-half.

“Af­ter that, we gave away a sloppy goal from a set-piece, which is very dis­ap­point­ing be­cause I felt as though we had a good foothold in the game up un­til then.

“We had a real bash at it and nearly got some­thing out of the game.”

SOUTHEND (4-4-2): Bent­ley 6, White 6, Rea 7, Bar­rett 7, Coker 8, Wor­rall 6 (McLaugh­lin 87, N/A), Leonard 7, Wordsworth 6, Tim­lin 6, Hunt 7 (Pig­ott 85, N/A), Mooney 6 (O’Neill 90, N/A). Subs not used: P Smith, Prosser, Payne, Dee­gan

PETERBOROUGH (4-4-2): Al­nwick 7, Smith 7, Almei­daSan­tos 5, Davey 6 (Vas­sell 82, 6), El­der 6, Tay­lor 6, Bost­wick 6, For­rester 5, Mad­di­son 6, Gormley 5 (Coulibaly 65, 6), Washington 4 (Col­li­son 46, 6). Subs

not used: Curtis-Henry, Bris­ley, Beau­ty­man, An­der­son

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

FIRST BLOOD: Adam Bar­rett puts the Shrimpers ahead

CLINCHER: Noel Hunt cel­e­brates scor­ing the sec­ond

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