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Phil Brown: The mentality was great but we lacked that cutting edge

19 August 2015

Brown pleased with team mentality but disappointed with failure to score.

Southend United manager Phil Brown praised his team's 'mentality' but rued the cutting edge of his side following a 0-0 draw at Doncaster Rovers.

Blues had chances throughout the game, whilst the hosts had a couple of their own, and was surprised with how 'cagey' the first half was.

“I think we had two teams that played a cagey game in the first half and it looked likely that one team would open it up with a set piece,” the boss said.

“The mentality improved and was much better than the game against Walsall. We need to improve in the final third and had chances. They had a late chance that Dan Bentley saved with his shoulder.

“I was pleased with the mentality but I want that quality in the final third. We were looking for the winner right until the end. We didn't have that bit of quality in the final third.

“We had a clean sheet mentality tonight but just weren't clinical enough.”

Cian Bolger came off mid-way through the second half and Brown is hopeful that the Irish centre back won't be out for too long.

“Cian's shoulder popped out in the second half in a collision. We'll have to see how it looks. I was thinking of taking a chance of playing John White at centre half and Ryan Leonard at right back.

“But you'd lose Lenny in central midfield which is why I went for Luke Prosser at centre half and Pross did well to help us see the game out.”

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