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Phil Brown: There's more to come from Southend United

16 August 2014

Southend United maintained their unbeaten start to the Sky Bet League 2 season with a 2-0 win against Stevenage at Roots Hall, but manager Phil Brown believes there is still far more to come from his team.

Goals from Myles Weston and Ben Coker, which both came inside the opening 20 minutes, ensured the Shrimpers came out on top.

"We haven't found our fluency yet and we had to dig it out a bit in the second half here," said Brown.

"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.

"There is a lot more to come from us but I find that encouraging.

"I'm delighted with this performance and we had the job done after about 15 or 20 minutes with the two early goals we scored.

"Daniel Bentley showed what a good goalkeeper he is again by making two excellent saves.

"But other than that he didn't really have a lot to do and I'm pleased to have two clean sheets already too."

Summer signing Weston put Southend in front in the ninth minute, firing home his first goal for the club after Barry Corr had headed down Bentley's clearance.

Coker then also curled home a low shot from the edge of the penalty area in the 20th minute after more good link up from Corr.

Stevenage manager Graham Westley had no complaints about the result.

"Over the course of the 90 minutes I think you would have to say Southend deserved to win the game," said Westley.

"We didn't get off to the best of starts and it was always going to be hard here because Southend have built on the team they reached the play-offs with last season by making some excellent signings.

"They were a very tough test for us this early on in the season and our evolution.

"But we made some basic mistakes for the two goals which disappoints me and we've wasted some decent opportunities at the other end.

"If one of those had gone in before half-time it might have been a different story for us."

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