Southend United manager Phil Brown: Game against Stevenage was over after 20 minutes

Ben Coker bagged Southend United's second goal against Stevenage

Ben Coker bagged Southend United's second goal against Stevenage

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SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown felt his team made light work of Stevenage at Roots Hall on Saturday.

The Shrimpers scored twice inside the opening 20 minutes with Myles Weston and Ben Coker both on target.

And, after the early double strike, Brown insisted the game was never in doubt.

“I thought we had the job done after about 15 or 20 minutes with the two goals,” said Brown.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better start to the game and it set up a good gap between us and the opposition.

“We ground it out a bit more in the second half but I still thought we played some really good stuff and I’m delighted with this result.”

The triumph followed on from the Shrimpers’ opening day success at Accrington Stanley to make it two league wins out of two for Brown’s side.

However, goalkeeper Daniel Bentley had to be called upon to make two fantastic saves towards the end of the first half.

And his display was heavily praised by Brown.

“Daniel didn’t really have an awful lot to do but he was called upon twice and made fantastic saves,” said the Blues boss.

“Maintaining concentration like that is the sign of a very good goalkeeper and that’s exactly what we have in Daniel.

“That’s two clean sheets out of two as well and I’m pleased to have kept that kind of mentality from last season.

“We’ve also added more exciting players with more pace at the other end and hopefully that can make a difference to us.”

But Brown also believes there is still plenty more to come from his side, who sit third in the very early League Two standings.

“We haven’t found our fluency yet and we had to dig it out a bit in the second half,” said the Shrimpers chief.

“However, it’s encouraging for me that we’ve been able to win our first two league games of the season without really playing to our full capacity.

“Next up is AFC Wimbledon tomorrow night and that will be another real test for us but we want to keep this good start going.”

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