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Brown: We lacked that fighting spirit

25 February 2014

Phil Brown unhappy with second-half display as Blues lose to Northampton Town

Southend United manager Phil Brown felt his side lacked the fighting spirit of Northampton Town in the second-half, as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat.

With the scores level at half-time, Brown felt the hosts wanted in more in the second-half, and eventually prevailed thanks to Chris Hackett’s winner.

Blues’ poor run, according to the boss, can only be corrected through the hard work and mentality of the players.

He said: “For the first 45 minutes I thought both sides gave it a good go, and worked hard. We had a couple of chances but you couldn’t argue with the scores being level.

“We conceded from a set-piece so a few words were said at half-time to the players, but we just lacked something in the second-half.

“But we went out in the second-half and we looked a different team to the one in the first. Northampton seemed to want it more than us.

“We knew they were fighting for their lives and the fans were going to get right behind them and we just didn’t seem to deal with it.

“At half-time we were right in the game and looked like the team that would go onto win it, so it’s really frustrating.

“It’s up to the players to show the right mentality and spirit to get us back to winning ways.”

Defensive injuries meant Blues went with a 3-5-2 formation, and Brown felt they got to grips with it quickly, but said the defeat wasn’t down to the system.

‘I’ve always said that it’s not about the system it’s about the players,” he said. “And it was working well for us.

“The goal came from a set-piece and wasn’t down to the formation at all in the first-half.

“I did throw it on the players today because of the defensive injuries and they did well to get used to it.

“We played some good stuff between our goal and the end of the half, but we needed to take one of the chances.”

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