BROWN CALLS ON SHRIMPERS’ FANS TO BE THEIR EXTRA MAN
SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown has called on the club’s fans to back their push for the play-offs.
The seventh-placed Shrimpers returned to winning ways with a comfortable victory at Chesterfield on Friday.
And Brown now wants a bumper crowd roaring his team on at Roots Hall against MK Dons tomorrow.
“If the Southend fans want us to succeed then we need a crowd of 10,000 right behind us,” said Brown.
“We got what we wanted from the Chesterfield game. It wasn’t a big win, it was just another win. They may have had ten men but we’ve been down to ten men of late and we’ve won the game 3-0 so it’s never easy. My job is to get this club promoted and with a performance like that we have a chance so we will keep going.”
Southend’s win at the Proact Stadium kept them a point below the play-offs and saw them return to winning ways after back-toback defeats.
The triumph also all-but relegated Chesterfield, who went behind in the 14th minute when Simon Cox netted from the penalty spot after Chesterfield goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann had brought down Will Atkinson.
The Spireites suffered a further blow just before half-time when Dion Donohue was dismissed for a poor challenge on Jason Demetriou.
Anthony Wordsworth made it 2-0 in the 57th minute with a clinical finish from John White’s left-wing cross before the visitors extended their lead even further ten minutes later with Cox slamming the ball into the back of the net from close range.
Substitute MarcAntoine Fortune then completed the scoring in the 71st minute with a neat finish to leave Chesterfield boss Gary Caldwell a frustrated figure at the final whistle as only a huge swing in goal difference can now stop the Spireites going down. “We’re just looking to win the next game because we’re still looking to build for the future,” said Caldwell. “In moments of crisis I thought we were far too soft and that’s what disappoints me the most.
“The sending off was a big turning point in the game.
“There were a lot of challenges in the first half that didn’t get noticed but that one did because of the reaction of their technical area, although we probably would have done the same to be fair.”
STAR MAN SIMON COX Southend Utd