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Match Reaction: Phil Brown admits Chester deserved their victory over Blues

8 November 2014

The Blues boss feels Chester won the FA Cup game at Roots Hall 'fair and square'

Southend United manager Phil Brown admitted Chester were the better side as Blues bowed out of the FA Cup following a First round defeat at Roots Hall.

Early goals in the first and second half for Chester sealed a 2-1 victory for Steve Burr's side and Brown admits that the Conference outfit got what they deserved.

“Chester won fair and square,” Brown said.

“We're obviously very disappointed. We're hurt in there. They were the better side though. They defended better in their penalty box and their number nine held the ball up better than we did.

“Second half we threw the kitchen sink at them. I have no qualms with the defeat today.

“They're delighted in their changing room because they've earned a league scalp. I didn't want to lose today – I wanted a cup run.”

“I tried to make the changes, to change the mentality and the style of play. I was always going to get flak, we were 2-1 down to a non-league side.”

And Brown wants to see improvement when Southend take on Hartlepool United at Roots Hall next week.

“We have to learn from today and work on things on the training ground. We look anxious at home and I need to eradicate that. We need to eradicate this. 

“We've got to reproduce our away form and bring it to Roots Hall to give the fans something to shout about. We have to address it. 


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