Phil Brown says his players gave it everything against Dagenham & Redbridge despite defeat
Phil Brown said he couldn’t have asked for any more from his players as they were beaten 1-0 by Dagenham & Redbridge at Roots Hall on Tuesday night.
His side were reduced to ten-men less than half-an-hour in as Mark Phillips was shown a red card and Rhys Murphy pounced to score the only goal of the game just after the 30-minute mark.
Blues were much improved in the second-half and Brown admitted the only thing missing was a goal in the second 45.
Brown said: “We gave it everything in that second-half and their goalkeeper made a couple of very important saves.
“The players worked extremely hard and pushed for something out of the game. I believe we deserved something.
“We passed the ball better and got forward with belief but we couldn’t just find the back of the net and that’s the disappointing thing.
“I said to the players not to come off the pitch at the end blaming the referee and I don’t think we did, we deserved something despite having the ten men.
“They were defending deep and they were nervous on the bench so you could tell how on top we were. I couldn’t have asked for anymore really in terms of effort and commitment.”
Despite being reduced to ten-men, Brown was disappointed with the first-half performance, but says the second 45 will give them confidence ahead of Saturday’s trip to Newport.
He added: “I came off at half-time and I laid into the players because we weren’t moving the ball at all well in the first 45.
“That’s probably as poor as we’ve played football in the last six games. The sending off got to their heads a little bit and we needed half-time.
“We were much better after. This defeat won’t knock the confidence because we were up against it and put in a positive display.”
Brown though admits missing John White and Mark Phillips on Saturday is frustrating.
He said: “That’s just part of the job. We’ll miss the experience of both players on Saturday but we’ll shuffle the pack and hopefully we can get back to winning ways.”