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Phil Brown: 'Two points dropped' against Northampton Town

3 January 2015

Brown admits Blues lacking a ruthless streak against teams.

Southend United manager Phil Brown felt a 1-1 draw with Northampton Town at Sixfields Stadium was 'two points dropped' following an entertaining game in Sky Bet League Two.

An end-to-end game saw an even first and second half, but following Shaq Coulthirst's tap in just after half time, Blues failed to hang on to their lead against Chris Wilder's Cobblers, as Lawson D'Ath grabbed a late equaliser.

“It was 50/50 prior to kick off and fortunately, the game was on and the crowd were rewarded with an excellent game,” the boss reflected.

“After the (Ryan) Cresswell chance that hit the bar, I felt we saw off the Northampton threat pretty comfortably and we had opportunities to get in front, but didn't take the opportunities.

“When we did get in front, for some reason I knew we needed a second goal, which is unusual for me, especially with our record of three clean sheets in as many games. 

“We kept on harrying and I thought Payney (Jack Payne) was outstanding today.

And Brown rued his side's 'ruthlessness' in front of goal following the second consecutive draw in Sky Bet League Two, with plenty of chances created against both Dagenham & Redbridge and Northampton.

“Both teams wanted to get at each other, and that made it a good game. We created chances and I felt we did enough to win the game. We lacked that ruthless streak today, which is the most important part of the game. We didn't see the game out.

“We stayed positive with the team selection and did have goalscorers on the pitch. Shaq cramped up later in the game and there may be tension creeping into the final third. I think it's two points dropped today.”

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