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Brown: The game never got going

22 February 2014

Phil Brown on Saturday's 0-0 draw with York City at Bootham Crescent.

Phil Brown was admitted the game never really got going as Southend United drew 0-0 with York City on Saturday.

Blues’ boss was disappointed his side failed to build on the creativity shown against Hartepool United in midweek.

But he was pleased to see his side pick up their 13th clean sheet of the season at Bootham Crescent.

Brown said: “I think both sides did try and play football but the game never really got going and that’s disappointing.

“We want to entertain the travelling supporters when they follow us anywhere, but we have to build from a clean sheet.

“In the last few weeks we’ve conceded a few too many goals, but today we got back to basics and kept York out.

“Neither side created too many chances, there were a couple of half-chances throughout that we maybe could’ve done better with.

“The new lad Cian came in alongside Thompson and did well and has given us something to build on there.

“He picked up an injury so we will have to see how he is ahead of Tuesday night.”

Brown introduced youngster Jack Payne early in the second-half, and was pleased with the contribution of the academy product.

He said: “Jack is really creative and links up well between the front man and the midfield.

“He came on and looked bright and did try and get us forward with his creativity ability.

“There was a chance for him shortly after coming on, and he linked up nicely with Barry Corr.

“There’s definitely a positive in his performance, and the clean sheet.

“We know have huge importance on the Northampton game. We want to get back to winning ways.

“Before these two away games I would have been very happy with four points.”

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