Phil Brown gutted for his players after Chesterfield snatch all three points
Phil Brown says the celebrations from the Chesterfield players, staff and fans after their last-gasp winner shows just how far his Southend United team have come in such a short space of time.
Blues were left deflated after the hosts scored in the 95th minute to take all three points and Brown believes the better team left the Proact Stadium with nothing.
He said: “I know Paul Cook might not agree but I do feel the better team lost the game today. We nullified their attacking threat and they showed us a lot of respect. That’s because the players did everything we asked of them and put in absolutely everything to the game.
“I think their celebrations at the end showed me just how far we’ve come as a team. They celebrated like they’d won the league.
“I’m gutted for the players more than anything because they put everything into the game and deserved to get something from it.
“Unfortunately we’ve come away with nothing. Luke Prosser just mis-judged the flight of the ball and they’ve scored a winner. It’s frustrating because Luke had a couple of chances just before they won the game.
“It was an excellent game of football. I’ve been very impressed by the standard of this division but that was a great advert for League 2. You have to take your hats off to Chesterfield because it’s an excellent surface that allows you to play good football.
“We’re going to be tested from the first minute to the last in every game this season. We’ve got a young group of players here and they are feeling down at the minute. It’s not nice to lose the game so late on. They won’t want to have this feeling again.”
Brown admits he was surprised to see six minutes added on, but doesn’t think he was the only one. He added: “I think the whole stadium said ‘six’ in a shocked tone when the board went up. I’m not sure how the referee got that but we have to defend for 96 minutes when that happens and unfortunately we didn’t.”