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Phil Brown: We looked young and naive against Accrington Stanley

14 February 2015

Boss wants Blues to get back to basics following narrow home defeat

Southend United manager Phil Brown felt his side looked 'young and naïve' following a narrow 2-1 home defeat to Accrington Stanley in Sky Bet League Two.

Goals in the second half from Piero Mingoia and Terry Gornell put Accrington in command, and although Barry Corr pulled one back for Blues, it wan't enough.

“I'm disappointed. We don't like losing game and I think we looked young and naïve out there today,” Brown said.

“Accrington had a bit more nous than us. We conceded a goal through a long throw, which was basic.

“When Barry Corr scored the goal I thought we were on for a barnstorming finish. We lacked a bit of quality in the final third I think we lacked a bit of knowledge and nous. They're the first goals we've conceded at Roots Hall in seven home games.

“We could have gone above Wycombe today. We have six points from a possible nine. It's back to getting the basics right and defending better.”

And on giving Ted Smith his professional debut, Brown was pleased with the young goalkeeper's performance, having only known he would be starting the game less than two hours before kick off.

“I thought Ted did well,” Brown said.

“I can remember my debut as if it was yesterday. I was trying to get Ted to relax. He's got a good career in front of him and it's always nice to give someone his debut. Ted made plenty of good decision during the game. He responded very well to being thrown in at around 1.30pm today.

“It's all about building a side's confidence back together at Stevenage on Saturday.”

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