Shrimpers show their Roots Hall re­silience

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

PHIL BROWN saluted Southend’s re­silience as they came from be­hind to record vic­tory over Scun­thorpe at Roots Hall.

Goals from Michael Tim­lin and Ben Coker saw the Shrimpers come from a goal down to clinch all three points.

And Brown was full of praise for the way his play­ers fought back to se­cure back-to-back vic­to­ries for the first time this sea­son.

“The re­silience in the end stood us in good stead and got us the win,” said the Southend boss.

“When Scun­thorpe went in front it was a bit of a shock to ev­ery­one and it took about 25 min­utes for us to have an at­tack.

“We got back into it with a goal from Michael and I think that was the key fac­tor be­cause it just set­tled ev­ery­one down.

“Af­ter that it was a bit of qual­ity from Ben which won us the game and it’s a great re­sult in the end.

“The lads worked tire­lessly to get it and to go be­hind and win is tes­ti­mony to our char­ac­ter.”

Scun­thorpe have not won away from home since Jan­uary, but went in front against the Shrimpers af­ter eight min­utes when Gary McSh­ef­frey net­ted from long range.

The ex­pe­ri­enced winger bril­liantly teed him­self up af­ter a col­lect­ing an at­tempted clear­ance from Southend right back Luke O’Neill and fired home a fan­tas­tic ef­fort from 25 yards.

Southend hit back to equalise in the 36th minute when Coker did bril­liantly down the left­hand side be­fore tee­ing up cap­tain Tim­lin to stroke a low ef­fort into the bot­tom right-hand cor­ner of the net.

Scun­thorpe al­most re­gained the lead on the stroke of half-time when Paddy Mad­den fired against the in­side of the right post.

But Southend stood firm and net­ted the win­ning goal 15 min­utes from time when Coker burst into the left-hand side of the penalty area be­fore net­ting with a blis­ter­ing ef­fort which flew into the bot­tom right­hand cor­ner of the net.

The Shrimpers al­most ex­tended their lead at the death when David Mooney saw an ef­fort blocked by Luke Daniels.

Scun­thorpe were un­able to get back into the game and that made man­ager Mark Robins a frus­trated fig­ure at the fi­nal whis­tle.

“It’s been a poor day,” he said.“Com­ing here we wanted to win the game but Southend did what they do bet­ter than we did what we do and we’ve been dis­ap­point­ing af­ter a good start.

“We need to win these games and we haven’t made them work hard enough for the three points ei­ther.

“We’re get­ting fed up of it, we’ve been poor and need to turn it around.”

PIC­TURES: PHC Im­ages

STAR MAN CHRIS BASHA

M Sh­ef­fUtd SHARP BLADE: Conor Sam­mon of Sheffield United cel­e­brates his goal. Inset: Team­mate Neill Collins heads goal­wards

STAR MAN BEN COKER Southe

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