Phil Brown admitted he was devastated following Southend United’s penalty shootout defeat to AFC Wimbledon in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.Blues were leading 2-1 as the game approached the 90th minute, before Adam Barrett scored from 22-yards to take the game to penalties.
Brown was frustrated that Blues had not seen the game out, having created numerous chances against the ten men of AFC Wimbledon.
He said: “I’m devastated. The game should never have gone to penalties because we had so many chances to win the game and they never looked like getting an equaliser.
“I can’t make any more excuses. We’re getting so many crosses into the box and so many chances but we’re just not taking them and it can’t keep happening.
“You can’t comprehend for a strike like that from a defender so late on in the game but we should have been out of sight if truth be told.
“We need to get back that winning mentality and it was a fantastic chance to do just that tonight, which we haven’t taken.”
Jack Payne scored twice for Blues, and Brown praised both he and debutant Gary Deegan’s spirit during the tie.
“Jack was everywhere on the pitch. He got forward, scored two good goals, hassled the opposition and made a nuisance of himself,” Brown added.
“He put in a very impressive performance and has certainly staked his claim for Saturday’s game against Oxford United at Roots Hall.
“He epitomises the spirit that we need at this football club and so does Gary. He will keep improving with the more minutes he plays but he did very well tonight.”