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Brown: We got what we deserved

20 April 2013

Manager unhappy with 'worst performance of his tenure' so far.

Phil Brown described Blues’ 2-1 defeat to York as the poorest performance of his tenure so far.

Blues’ manager was left disappointed as his side adopted a long ball approach in an attempt to get back in the game following the two sloppy goals they conceded in the first-half.

Ryan Leonard had got Blues level with a scrappy goal midway through the first-half but Brown was left to ponder why his side had failed to create any chances despite having four strikers on the pitch.

Brown said: “I’m very disappointed with the performance because feel that was the worst performance of my tenure here at Southend United so far. We didn't deserve anything from the game today.

“It wasn’t a good start on our behalf and I’d drilled it into the players before the game that we had to start well. We didn’t pick up the first, the second or the third ball for both of their goals and that’s not good enough.

“I don’t really know why but the players just seemed to play long. On the training pitch we have been playing good football and getting the ball down and playing.

“But today we just didn’t do that and I don’t know why, it certainly didn’t come from us to play that way. The players have said the pitch made it really difficult, saying it’s really hard, but I was disappointed they didn’t get the ball down and try and play at times.

“The strikers were having to fight for second balls and scraps which made it difficult. When we did show a bit of quality we got some good balls into the box and almost got ourselves level.”

Brown has now called for his players to show a positive performance in their final game of the season. He added: “I said to the players that we needed to take it to the final day and we unfortunately haven’t done that because of our performance here today.

“It’s been a frustrating league season for everyone at the club, the league table doesn’t lie, we will finish where we deserve to finish, but it’s important we put in a good performance in our final home game of the season and sign off with a win.”

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