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Phil Brown: It was uncharacteristic from us - we were far too open against Walsall

16 August 2015

Boss says he has no excuses following defeat at home to Dean Smith's men.

Southend United manager Phil Brown made no excuses after witnessing his side beaten by Walsall in Sky Bet League 1 on Saturday.

The boss admitted he got his team selection wrong against the Saddlers, but is backing his side to bounce back following the defeat.

Goals from Tom Bradshaw and Sam Mantom proved the difference at a sun-soaked Roots Hall, with Brown unhappy at how open his side were, calling it 'uncharacteristic' of Blues.

“We were so open and it was uncharacteristic of us,” the boss began.

“The mentality wasn't right, I got the team selection wrong and take full responsibility for that.

“We took risks and Walsall could have scored more than the two goals. They're a decent side. When you go a second goal behind you do think about who can make the difference.

“We decided to take David Mooney off at half time to change the game up and try and come in level at half time. We were far too open and that won't happen again.

“Jack Payne showed heart, David Worrall did well when he came on. It's a case of getting a foothold in the league now.”

Brown takes his side north to take on Doncaster Rovers on Wednesday evening, but isn't panicking or worried regarding his search for a first league win.

“We're not getting desperate. We're going to take each game as they come, and Doncaster on Wednesday night will be another tough game.

“However, I guarantee we'll make It a tough game for Doncaster Rovers as well.”

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