Southend United manager Phil Brown explains early substitution against Portsmouth

Echo: Phil Brown - brought Barry Corr on after just 39 minutes against Portsmouth Phil Brown - brought Barry Corr on after just 39 minutes against Portsmouth

SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown felt his early substitution played a prominent part in Blues’ 2-1 win against Portsmouth yesterday.

Brown opted to bring Barry Corr on for Anthony Straker with just 39 minutes on the clock.

But Brown felt it was necessary for the Shrimpers, who were losing 1-0 at the time, to get back in to the game.

“I made the decision to sacrifice Anthony quite early on in the game but it certainly wasn’t a reflection on his performance it was just down to tactics,” said Brown.

“Portsmouth had four centre-backs out there along with Ryan Bird on the wing who is a big lad as well so I thought that we needed more height in our team, along with a change of formation and that’s why I brought Barry on.

“I could’ve taken any of the lads off to be honest but I went for Anthony in the end.

“He’s been outstanding for us this season though and I’m sure he will be again in the matches we have coming up.”

Corr played a part in both of Ryan Leonard’s goals after his introduction.

And Brown felt the Shrimpers fully deserved to claim all three points from the game.

“I thought we just about did enough to edge it in the end if I’m being honest,” said the Blues boss.

“We rode our luck at times and Daniel Bentley had to make some very good saves to keep us in it.

“But we were on top for most of the second half and got our reward with Lenny’s goal right at the end.

“The fact we kept on going again showed the togetherness and spirit we have in this squad and that’s vitally important if you are to achieve success.”

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3:32pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Colin C White says...

Lots of us cannot understand why Phil Brown has continued to set us up at home with just one striker - the system keeps failing, we go behind and substitutions have to be made - we are the home team and should be looking to attack and score more goals - Neither Barry Corr nor Cauley Woodrow have had any success up their on their own and Woodrow is too inexperienced to go up against tough hardened centre backs.
4 5 1 is an unsuccessful home match line up in many of the recent home performances - hard working but not cohesive sparkling spectacles.
Lots of us cannot understand why Phil Brown has continued to set us up at home with just one striker - the system keeps failing, we go behind and substitutions have to be made - we are the home team and should be looking to attack and score more goals - Neither Barry Corr nor Cauley Woodrow have had any success up their on their own and Woodrow is too inexperienced to go up against tough hardened centre backs. 4 5 1 is an unsuccessful home match line up in many of the recent home performances - hard working but not cohesive sparkling spectacles. Colin C White

6:07pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Felix Billy says...

I couldn't agree more. We need to give the oppo something to think about and get in front first. Playing young Cayley up on his own when you have Barry cord and freddy Eastwood available is madness!!
I couldn't agree more. We need to give the oppo something to think about and get in front first. Playing young Cayley up on his own when you have Barry cord and freddy Eastwood available is madness!! Felix Billy

6:09pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Felix Billy says...

Great win though! Well done lads for sticking to it.
Great win though! Well done lads for sticking to it. Felix Billy

6:23pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Shoebury diehard says...

Yes Colin Wright you are correct with your assessment, hence my nickname for the team, 'One Goal Wonders' Get at least two up front and more goals will come. We need them.
Yes Colin Wright you are correct with your assessment, hence my nickname for the team, 'One Goal Wonders' Get at least two up front and more goals will come. We need them. Shoebury diehard

8:12pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Nazzarooney says...

I agree with the the comments. Brown has this thing about starting with one up front at home. Away it's a good tactic but its no way near enough at home.
However I must say that we all realised there was a problem early on. And give Brown some credit!, he had enough about him to recognise that a make an early change. It made a massive difference bringing on Corr. We've all seen in the past the manager persevering with the formation and then giving the sub 10-15 mins.

Good result well done Brown.
I agree with the the comments. Brown has this thing about starting with one up front at home. Away it's a good tactic but its no way near enough at home. However I must say that we all realised there was a problem early on. And give Brown some credit!, he had enough about him to recognise that a make an early change. It made a massive difference bringing on Corr. We've all seen in the past the manager persevering with the formation and then giving the sub 10-15 mins. Good result well done Brown. Nazzarooney

9:33pm Thu 2 Jan 14

TheEssexWay says...

Blimey! I agree with all those comments, what's going on? Lol
Blimey! I agree with all those comments, what's going on? Lol TheEssexWay
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