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Match Reaction: Phil Brown on Southend United's defeat at Newport County

22 October 2014

Blues boss Phil Brown cut a frustrated figure as his side suffered a 1-0 defeat away at Newport County in Sky Bet League Two.

Mark Byrne’s goal proved the difference between the two side, with his second-half volley being the match-winning strike at Rodney Parade.

“Our finishing this season has been poor,” Brown admitted.

Our top scorer last season got 14 and we need a 20-goal a season man. We missed a host of chances tonight. 

“The Club captain had a great chance but we had a penalty. It’s unforgivable.”

Brown believes the penalty did halt Blues to a certain extent following a spell of chances prior to Myles Weston’s missed spot kick.

“The missed penalty knocks some wind out of your sails. You can’t have as much possession and chances as we had and lose the game 1-0.

“Myles had the confidence to get on the ball and he hit it as well as he could do but the ‘keeper has pulled off a great save.

“We frustrated the home crowd for the majority of the game. One point from 12 doesn’t lie. There’s something fundamentally wrong with the nature of the group."

And Brown says he knows where Blues problems lie following their failure to get on the scoresheet in Wales.

“We need a goalscorer to take the pressure off the back four but they’re hard to come by.

“It’s better to be a lucky manager than a good manager and I think Justin Edinburgh’s been lucky tonight.”


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