Updated: Southend United manager Phil Brown thrilled to give players 'precious minutes' in win against West Ham United

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SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown was thrilled to be able to give his players ‘precious minutes’ in a 1-0 win at West Ham United in a behind closed doors friendly this afternoon.

Brown opted to field a strong starting line-up against the Hammers.

And he also took those not involved in the match for a training session at Chadwell Heath.

“It’s been hard for us to find places to train because of the wet weather so we’re extremely grateful to have been given this opportunity by West Ham United,” said Brown.

“We had a few players who got the precious minutes they needed, none more so than Lee Barnard and Freddy Eastwood who both played for 65 to 70 minutes.

“That would have done them the world of good and it was the same for the likes of Marc Laird, Conor Clifford and Bedsente Gomis so I’m really pleased.

“The result of the match really wasn’t important and we also had a training session down there with the players not involved in the game which was equally as good for us.”

Daniel Bentley, John White, Luke Prosser, Ben Coker, Mark Phillips and Adam Thompson all played a part in the game against what was also quite a strong West Ham side.

Ravel Morrison, Ricardo Vaz Te and Winston Reid lined up for the Hammers along with Italian newcomers Antonio Nocerino and Marco Borriello.

But it was Blues youngster Jack Payne who popped up to score the only goal of the game.

And the midfielder again caught the eye of Brown.

“Jack has a great eye for goal and he showed it again here,” said the Shrimpers boss.

“We played a different system with a diamond shaped midfield so he was just behind the front two and we did well in that position for us.”

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6:33pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Southend Andy says...

Yes I know it was just a friendly & yes I know it was not a full worst ham team, but it's always nice to get one over the unhappy 'ammers!
Yes I know it was just a friendly & yes I know it was not a full worst ham team, but it's always nice to get one over the unhappy 'ammers! Southend Andy

9:26pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Seasider90 says...

How humiliating for West Ham. More Cockneys in Southend and Basildon than East London. London's poor relation who have to advertise for fans to fill their ground. We may not be big in numbers and may play in a low division but at least we don't pretend we're a big club. Plastic club with plastic Cockneys. Love to see them go down and then maybe the plastics might throw away those horrible colour shirts.
How humiliating for West Ham. More Cockneys in Southend and Basildon than East London. London's poor relation who have to advertise for fans to fill their ground. We may not be big in numbers and may play in a low division but at least we don't pretend we're a big club. Plastic club with plastic Cockneys. Love to see them go down and then maybe the plastics might throw away those horrible colour shirts. Seasider90

12:06pm Wed 5 Feb 14

HammersLad says...

Seasider90 wrote:
How humiliating for West Ham. More Cockneys in Southend and Basildon than East London. London's poor relation who have to advertise for fans to fill their ground. We may not be big in numbers and may play in a low division but at least we don't pretend we're a big club. Plastic club with plastic Cockneys. Love to see them go down and then maybe the plastics might throw away those horrible colour shirts.
We dont pretened we are a big club, because we are a big club, If you know West Ham's history we have produced some of the finest players that have gone onto represent our country.
We dont win trophies but then again do Southend?
We dont expect big things at West Ham, we are an average side with average players except a few that are worthy of some credit, and to be honest thats how i prefer it. No expectations then theres not as much pressure, we got to the semis of the carling cup yeah we got smashed 9-0 on agg to Man City, but City have ploughed millions into that club and the squad is literally one of the best ive ever seen and its not just west ham that have had many smashed past us by City, theres quite a few to name. (would love to see Southend play city in a friendly.......could be interesting).
Dont get me wrong im not against Southend as i go and see them a bit and must admit i enjoyed the southend vs dagenham game last week both teams showed good levels of football for lower league football but it seems ridiculous to slate a club that is a million times more successful than your own team.....but hey its football banter i suppose :)
[quote][p][bold]Seasider90[/bold] wrote: How humiliating for West Ham. More Cockneys in Southend and Basildon than East London. London's poor relation who have to advertise for fans to fill their ground. We may not be big in numbers and may play in a low division but at least we don't pretend we're a big club. Plastic club with plastic Cockneys. Love to see them go down and then maybe the plastics might throw away those horrible colour shirts.[/p][/quote]We dont pretened we are a big club, because we are a big club, If you know West Ham's history we have produced some of the finest players that have gone onto represent our country. We dont win trophies but then again do Southend? We dont expect big things at West Ham, we are an average side with average players except a few that are worthy of some credit, and to be honest thats how i prefer it. No expectations then theres not as much pressure, we got to the semis of the carling cup yeah we got smashed 9-0 on agg to Man City, but City have ploughed millions into that club and the squad is literally one of the best ive ever seen and its not just west ham that have had many smashed past us by City, theres quite a few to name. (would love to see Southend play city in a friendly.......could be interesting). Dont get me wrong im not against Southend as i go and see them a bit and must admit i enjoyed the southend vs dagenham game last week both teams showed good levels of football for lower league football but it seems ridiculous to slate a club that is a million times more successful than your own team.....but hey its football banter i suppose :) HammersLad
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