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Phil Brown: A point each was a fair result at Greenhous Meadow

7 February 2015

The boss says Tyrone Barnett's equalising goal was a 'fabulous finish'.

Southend United boss Phil Brown believed the 1-1 draw away at Shrewsbury Town was a fair result in a ding-dong Sky Bet League Two encounter.

Tyrone Barnett's superb strike cancelled out Jack Payne's brilliant effort, and despite the late Shrewsbury equaliser, Brown was pleased with the performance from his side.

“It was a really good, hard fought battle,” Brown said.

“In the first half we were the better team and we scored at the right time. It was a real tactical battle and Micky – a wily old fox – was foced into a 4-2-4 formation in the end in a bid to get something out of the game.

Dan Bentley produced an error in the lead up to the equaliser, but Brown refused the lay the blame at the door of the young goalkeeper, noting Barnett's attempt – which cannoned off the post on its way to nestling into the net – as a 'fabulous finish'.

“People will talk about their goal being a Dan Bentley mistake, but it was an absolutely fabulous finish. Tyrone Barnett's played the majority of his recent football at a higher level and you can see why. That's why Micky Mellon brought him to the football club.

“Did they then deserve to go on and win the game? I'm not too sure. We certainly deserved something out of the game.

“We were forced into changes an hour and a half before kick off. 

"Jack Payne's got the bottle to play in a big game. He's grabbed hold of the game by the scruff of the neck. There was a real good battle in the middle of the park between him and Ryan Woods. Jack's goal was a terrific finish.”

And looking ahead to a busy week at Roots Hall with two games approaching, Brown wants his side to build momentum.

“We limited Shrewsbury to go a little bit route one. Barnett and Akpa-Akpro made the difference for them in a tight game.

“If a second goal goes our way then I think we go and see the game. It's a good and fair point at Shrewsbury and we'll be looking to build on that with two home games – against Cheltenham Town and Accrington Stanley – in a week.”

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