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Phil Brown: We need a striker to 'complete the jigsaw'

22 August 2015

Boss disappointed as his side fail to take their chances at home to Swindon Town.

Southend United manager Phil Brown is keen to 'complete the jigsaw', admitting he remains on the hunt for a striker following defeat to Swindon Town.

Fabien Robert's goal was the difference at a sun-soaked Roots Hall as Brown's men suffered an agonising 1-0 defeat to the Robins.

“Scoring goals is the key part of the game and the most important one,” Brown reflected.

“We came up against one of the strongest teams in the division and a team that scored nine in four before coming here today.

“We executed the game plan 99% today, with the 1% - putting the ball in the net – missing.

“We need to bring in a goalscorer and complete the jigsaw. We're in the market for a striker.

“Noel Hunt did well today. He was industrious, showed guile and had a hand in Jack Payne having the best chance of the game. We had chances in the first half and the second half.

“If we play like we did today, we'll win more games than we'll lose this season.”

Brown added Luke O'Neill to the Blues ranks earlier today on loan, and the boss revealed the deal for O'Neill may become permanent later in the transfer window.

“Burnley had a bit of business yesterday and we had to wait until today to get an emergency loan sorted out, but the move can be made a permanent one where Luke's concerned.”

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