Phil Brown on Blues' disappointing 2-1 defeat to Mansfield Town at the One Call Stadium
Phil Brown admitted his Southend United side were not good enough as they lost 2-1 to Mansfield Town at the One Call Stadium.
Ryan Leonard’s consolation goal wasn’t enough as Blues suffered their first defeat of 2014, in difficult conditions.
Blues’ boss was disappointed with the display for his players, but also felt his side didn’t get the rub of the green.
He said: “We lost that game today because we weren’t good enough to get anything from it and that’s very disappointing.
“We just never really got going at any stage in difficult conditions, but it is the same for both sides.
“In the first-half we went up against the wind and kept ourselves in the game, but conceded a poor goal from our point of view.
“We said in the second-half that we would be able to play more football and we did at the start.
“A couple of changes were made but before they could make an impact Mansfield scored again.
“It didn’t touch Adam Thompson and the referee gave a corner, so from that point of view it was very frustrating to concede from it.
“We pushed on but once we went down to ten men it was always going to be harder to get back it in.
“We tried and got one back, but it was all a bit too late.”
Brown was unhappy with the decision to send Conor Clifford off with ten or so minutes remaining.
Clifford had looked bright since coming on, but was shown a straight red card.
Blues’ boss added: “The fourth official has said to me and everyone else that it wasn’t a red card.
“But the official runs 25-yards and gets the red out straight away without speaking to him.
“We know what type of player Conor is, he’s full of intensity, but it was a fair challenge and he got the ball.
“I’m not blaming the referee for the defeat because we were 2-0 down at this stage.
“But we also had a couple of penalty appeals turned away. If we had got a bit of luck, we may have got something from the game.”