Phil Brown saluted Michael Timlin after the brave midfielder defied his horrific head injury to fire Southend United to Wembley.Timlin, whose sickening clash of heads with Stevenage's Bira Dembele overshadowed Sunday's 1-1 first-leg draw, fittingly scored the extra-time goal which secured a 3-1 win and a place in the Sky Bet League 2 Play-Off Final.
A surprise inclusion in the starting line-up and wearing Petr Cech-style headgear after needing stitches in a gaping wound above his eye, Timlin played the full 120 minutes and rounded off a courageous display by racing through to wrap up the victory.
And Shrimpers boss Brown said: "For Michael Timlin to get that goal...dear me!
"It emphasised the commitment that was shown to try to win the game. We never do things easy at this place - it doesn't seem that way anyway.
"I have made some big decisions in my life football-wise and that's probably the biggest, Michael Timlin to play.
"On Sunday he went in for that horrific challenge and their captain's laid out. In the 90th minute here he went into another header with a skullcap on - it was just the bravest performance I've seen from an individual in my managerial time."
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