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Brown: A draw was a fair result

11 January 2014

Phil Brown on Southend United's 1-1 draw with Plymouth Argyle at Home Park

Southend United manager Phil Brown felt a draw was a fair result as his side drew 1-1 with Plymouth Argyle at Home Park on Saturday.

Brown’s side trailed wen Dominic Blizzard opened the scoring, but responded just two minutes later through Kevan Hurst who grabbed his ninth goal of the season.

And having now lost just one of their last 14 games in all competition, Brown said he was pleased to be leaving Home Park with something.

He said: “I think both sides cancelled each other out, even though we were playing slightly different formations for most of the game.

“It opened up when we went 4-4-2 and that’s when both goals came.

“Both sides are in good form and full of confidence and I think that showed today in the general play.

“The pitch here is excellent and credit to Plymouth for it. Both sides tried to play good football but we weren’t at our best.

“I though a draw was about right on reflection. Neither side really created too many chances.

“We’ve got a long trip home so I’m pleased that we’re leaving here with something because they had a couple of chances at the end.

“We rode our luck but we held on and then we had that free-kick right at the end that we couldn’t take advantage of.”

Brown was pleased to see Hurst continue his red-hot form in front of goal, but admitted it was a difficult decision to start him.

“Kevan has been a very important player for us this season and his goals tell you that,” he added.

“But he was given a rest against Millwall and Will Atkinson stepped into the right-wing role and did well.

“Will has scored both times he’s played in that position, but with Ryan Leonard moving to right-back, it meant Will could move centrally for Kevan to come in.”

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