Southend United boss Phil Brown praised his side’s determination after the Essex side came back from 2-0 behind to beat Walsall 3-2.

The visitors led 2-0 at half-time, but a stunning second-half comeback granted Brown’s team a boost into the Sky Bet League One play-off places.

It was a former Shrimper, Franck Moussa, who gave the Saddlers the half-time lead, but second half strikes from Nile Ranger and Anton Ferdinand granted the Blues a lifeline.

And an 83rd minute free-kick from Simon Cox produced euphoria at Roots Hall as the home supporters erupted into elation following a stunning comeback.

And the Blues’ impressive victory meant that the Essex side returned to the League One play-off places, and Brown reinstated how important the three points were.

“It’s a massive victory in the grand scheme of things,” said Brown. “I thought it was going to be one of those days when Franck Moussa came on early and got a couple of goals to put them 2-0 in front.

“But it eventually turned into one of those days you dream about, being 2-0 down and winning 3-2 and it was all down to the spirit of the group and showing they really believed.”

The victory was the Shrimpers’ second in succession and came after Brown decided not to make any changes until centre-back Ryan Inniss was shown a yellow card in the 51st minute of the match.

“I was probably the only man in the stadium not to make changes at half-time.

“It also showed why I believe in this group of players.”

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