Southend United manager Phil Brown believes his side picked up a valuable point in today's 1-1 draw with Oxford United in Sky Bet League 2 at Roots Hall.
Jack Payne made his first league start for the Blues and opened the scoring on 36 minutes, before the visitors equalised through a Danny Hylton penalty.
Despite a sluggish second-half display from Blues, Brown was happy to come away from this afternoon’s game with a point as he also praised youngster Jack Payne.
“I thought it was a great point to tell you the truth,” said Brown. “In the end, especially in the second-half I thought Oxford were by far the better team and the reason for that is because they got on the end of things far more than we did.
“We had a game plan in the first-half and got to half-time 1-0 up. Then, from some unknown reason, Oxford came out with nothing else to lose I suppose – chasing the game and got their tails up.
“They were getting second balls in, regains and playing from there and we stopped playing. The reason for that I have no idea, but we stopped playing and they came to the party.
“If we hung on to 1-0, our season would kick-off even if we didn’t perform well in the second-half.
“The bottom line is we got a point out of the game and it could have quite easily been none. Dan Bentley pulled off a couple of great saves and we got something from the game.”
When asked about Payne’s performance, Brown continued: “I thought he was magnificent. Many may ask why substitute him, but he’s a young man playing in his second game.
“A lot of things must have been going on in his head this week and today he’s got his first league goal.”
Meanwhile, with Blues without a win in five games, Brown is optimistic his side can turn their good performances into victories.
“It’s not worrying in terms of performances. I keep saying this. In terms of results we need to turn a corner as quickly as we can.
“We’ve got a big game next week against Portsmouth at Roots Hall. Hopefully there will be between 7,000 to 9,000 fans here and it’s a type of game you want to be involved in.”