Boss 'bitterly disappointed' at late defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Southend United manager Phil Brown admitted he was 'bitterly disappointed' as Blues bowed out of the Capital One Cup at the first hurdle against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Kazenga Lualua's late, late goal sealed Albion's progression to round two, despite Blues having the majority of the play throughout the game at Roots Hall.
Lualua stroked home after being put through by Danny Holla in the 90th minute, and Brown believed his side showed the Seagulls 'too much respect' in the early stages of the game.
“We showed them too much respect early on,” the boss said.
“When it showed 30 minutes on the clock we started playing. In the second half it was almost one way traffic.
“The only thing that was missing was in the final third – putting the ball in the net. Myles Weston had the chance of the night and the 'keeper saved.
“I'm disappointed. A cup run would have been great and it would have put a marker down saying we've beaten a Championship side. Brighton have gone through though and good luck to them.”
There were definitely positives to take for Brown, who made a few changes for the game and got to run his eye over a new strike partnership in the form of Noel Hunt and Joe Pigott.
“When you get the opportunities you need to score and then kill teams off. Noel did well and his partnership with Joe Pigott gave me food for thought.
“If we can put the ball in the net this system we'll be okay.
“To come away from the game with nothing is bitterly disappointing. I'm disappointed for the players but we move on to Walsall on Saturday.”