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Phil Brown: We're disappointed to take a point at Coventry City

31 August 2015

Boss disappointed to come back with only a point, but delighted for strikers to get off the mark.

Southend United manager Phil Brown was slightly disappointed not to return to Essex with the three points from the Ricoh Arena after a thrilling 2-2 draw against Coventry City.

Blues took the lead just before half time through goals from Noel Hunt and David Mooney, but Sam Ricketts' equaliser earned the hosts a point.

But Brown was pleased from what he saw from his team, particularly from his two forwards and goalkeeper Dan Bentley, who produced a number of fantastic saves.

“You've got to say Coventry probably deserved a point but we should be killing teams off. We had the chances but it wasn't to be,” Brown reflected.

“It sounds like we're hanging on in the second half and we shouldn't have been. David Mooney had a chance and John White could have burst the net as well.

“We put out bodies on the line and that's every man out there. Dan Bentley produced a number of fantastic saves tonight and if anyone thinks he's not playing for the football club then they haven't seen his performance tonight.”

And the boss was delighted to see Hunt and Mooney 'up and running' by bagging their first goals for the Blues.

“I don't care who gets the goals but it's nice to see the two main men who we've brought in up and running. We just need Joe Pigott now, Myles Weston and Jack Payne up and running.

“David and Noel were a constant threat. They made changes in the second half and brought on Marcus Tudgay and changed the formation slightly.”

“When you go 2-1 up against Coventry you know they'll come out and keep going because they're a good side.

”The honours were shared and it's a big point for us coming away from the Ricoh.”

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