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.”