Southend United manager Phil Brown on the 2-0 defeat to Plymouth Argyle at Home Park.Southend United manager Phil Brown was proud of his players despite Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Plymouth Argyle in Sky Bet League 2.
Blues faced an uphill battle for much of the game at Home Park, playing more than 75 minutes with ten men after defender Cian Bolger was shown a second yellow card, before the Pilgrims went on to seal all three points in the second-half courtesy of goals from Lewis Alessandra and Reuben Reid.
Brown was pleased with the way his ten men played and believes Bolger will learn lessons from his early sending off.
“I was proud of the performance to tell you the truth,” said Brown. “They really dug in the lads, but the goal just after half-time killed us off.
“They are young lads out there, working hard for their shirt and wearing the shirt with pride to be honest.
“Cian found it hard to marshal (Marvin) Morgan in the first five minutes and got himself a yellow card. I’ve just been across to our supporters and they asked why I didn’t take him off and it’s a fair point. After the second coming together I was going to, but the third happened before we had a chance to.
“He’s got to find out the hard way – this division is physical and you’ve got to come up against people like (Adebayo) Akinfenwa like we did a few weeks ago and Morgan this week.
“We left the formation 4-3-2 because we thought the threat of Shaq Coulthirst, Myles Weston and Barry Corr would be enough to cause them problems, which we did, but didn’t create enough clear-cut chances.”
After being left disappointed with the defeat defeat, Brown will quickly turn his focus to Tuesday night’s game away at AFC Wimbledon in the first round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
He continued: “I felt today if it was 11 against 11 then we would have had enough to win the game, but at the end of the day I’m proud of the players and their efforts for majority of the match.
”We will put this behind us as quickly as we can, despite coming here for a point or three. We will now certainly be looking forward to the next game.”