WE’LL HAVE BELIEF NOW – BROWN
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
FIRST BLOOD: Adam Barrett puts the Shrimpers ahead
CLINCHER: Noel Hunt celebrates scoring the second
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