De­lighted Phil hails ‘heroic’ Thomp­son

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

SOUTHEND United man­ager Phil Brown heaped praise on Adam Thomp­son af­ter the fita­gain de­fender bagged the only goal of the game.

The cen­tre-back was making just his third start of the sea­son af­ter spend­ing seven months on the side­lines with a dis­lo­cated shoul­der.

And Brown was de­lighted for the de­fender to se­cure the Shrimpers a 1-0 win with his first goal for the club.

“It was a heroic goal from Tommo and he de­serves it,” said Brown.

“He in­ter­cepted a pass and car­ried on his run.

“He’s ended up with the win­ning goal and I’m de­lighted for him be­cause he’s worked so hard both on and off the pitch.

“He’s wanted to prove him­self at this level and slowly but surely he’s do­ing that now.”

Thomp­son’s ef­fort also ended a run of four league games with­out a win for the Shrimpers.

But Brown ad­mit­ted it had been tough for his team to tri­umph in the blus­tery con­di­tions.

“It was a grind for us out there,” said the 56-year-old.

“The weather con­di­tions weren’t con­ducive for a good game of foot­ball and I was happy to be level at half-time af­ter they hit the bar.

“We had op­por­tu­ni­ties to work the keeper but never tested him. But we kept on knock­ing at the door and it even­tu­ally opened.”

Thomp­son’s goal came 14 min­utes from time but team-mate Ke­van Hurst could twice have given Southend the lead dur­ing the first half but de­layed shoot­ing in front of goal when pre­sented with de­cent op­por­tu­ni­ties.

In re­ply, Black­pool striker Andy Lit­tle headed against the un­der­side of the cross­bar from 12 yards be­fore his fel­low for­ward Mark Cullen sliced wide of the right post.

Af­ter the break, Black­pool de­fender Tom Al­dred fired straight at Southend goal­keeper Daniel Bent­ley from 12 yards.

But the Shrimpers hit back to net the win­ner on 76 min­utes when Thomp­son played the ball out to David Wor­rall be­fore charg­ing into the box and head­ing home his in­swing­ing cross. And that left Black­pool boss Neil McDon­ald ru­ing his side’s fail­ure to fin­ish in front of goal as they crashed to a sixth suc­ces­sive de­feat.

“We had some great chances to score but we aren’t get­ting enough goals at the mo­ment,” said McDon­ald, whose side now sit sec­ond from bot­tom in the ta­ble.

“Andy (Lit­tle) hit the bar and Mark (Cullen) should have scored af­ter that as well.

“Some­times th­ese missed chances come back to haunt you and it cer­tainly did here.

“At the other end, Southend didn’t make too many chances.”

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