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Match Reaction: Phil Brown on frustrating draw with Dagenham & Redbridge

28 December 2014

The boss reflects on 'frustrating' draw, and insists he will stand by Cian Bolger

Southend United boss Phil Brown admitted he was 'frustrated' following Blues second consecutive draw at home in Sky Bet League Two, following a 0-0 scoreline against Dagenham & Redbridge.

Blues were reduced to ten-men during the second half after Cian Bolger was sent off for what looked like a head-but, and Brown is standing by his man.

“It was a foul, and I thought he would get a yellow card,” Brown said.

“He came together with their centre half afterwards and their defender went to ground far too easily. If Cian's head has gone forward, that's the only thing the referee can judge it on. 

“I won't be coming down heavy on Cian Bolger. His team-mates have got behind him in there and we didn't lose the game.”

Blues knocked at the Dagenham door plenty of times, but Mark Cousins was equal to a number of attempts on goal from the likes of Myles Weston and Jack Payne.

And Brown feels the Daggers stopper helped his side get a point at Roots Hall.

“The goalkeeper has got Man of the Match, and I think that's right – he pulled off a number of great saves.

“The game two days ago could have affected us, but Dagenham came with a game plan. They matched us up and have gone away with a point. We played better in the second half. We addressed certain issues. Everybody stepped up to the plate after we went down to ten men.

“We got a point and our third clean sheet in a row. Everybody is talking about the final third and that's something we have to look at. Defensively, we are sound.

“We can still pose a threat in the play-offs or higher. We're in a better position this time, than we were last year.

David Worrall went off just before half time, and Brown is looking to assess the Blues winger in the next ' 48 hours'.

“We have had a fantastic run of luck with injuries so far this season, but in the space of two games in three days, we've had Kevan Hurst pick up a hamstring injury, whilst David Worrall's knee has tightened up – we'll take a look at him in the next 48 hours.”

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