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Match Reaction: Phil Brown reflects on point earned against Plymouth Argyle

10 January 2015

The boss believes there are positives to take from the draw against the Devon side following 0-0 scoreline.

Southend United manager Phil Brown says there are positives, but rued Blues' luck again following another home 0-0 draw, this time against Plymouth Argyle.

The hosts had the chances to win the game, but a mixture of a lack of cutting edge and a few excellent stops from visiting goalkeeper Luke McCormick stopped Blues taking the three points.

“I looked at the side before the game and saw the like of Barry Corr, Luke Prosser, Kevan Hurst and Cian Bolger, we were losing four experienced lads,” Brown reflected.

“We looked very young at times. The forwards were snatching with things. I was delighted with the second half. We pinned back a very good side today and had the chances to win the game – most notably that triple chance. 

“We tried the three centre half system and played with wing backs. I changed the system at the back because Plymouth had a couple of really good chances.

“They're doing everything they can to win the game. We've scored two goals in five games but have only conceded once in those five goals, so there are good things going on defensively.

“We kept a very good strikeforce of Lewis Alessandra and Reuben Reid quiet today.”

And Brown says he was pleased with the performance of debutant Joe Pigott up front in the game against Argyle.

Pigott's signing was confirmed a few hours before kick off, and Brown says he was pleased with what he saw from the 21-year-old frontman.

“Joe was like a young Barry Corr today. He was mobile, strong and had chances. Any striker that comes to Southend will get chances and that was my sales pitch to him.

“If we were losing games 1-0 or 2-0 then I would be worried. I'm disappointed for the home fans that we've drawn the last three home game 0-0. I think we've dropped two points today, but if we weren't creating chances I'd have been a worried man.”

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