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Phil Brown: Blues 'lacked composure' against AFC Wimbledon

3 March 2015

Boss rues team's composure in the final third against the Dons.

Southend United manager Phil Brown felt his side 'lacked composure' following the Blues' 0-0 draw away against AFC Wimbledon in Sky Bet League Two.

In an open game, both sides failed to find the net or create too many clear cut chances, but Brown believed Blues deserved to win against the Dons.

“We had enough pressure on them in the second half and enough chances to win the game,” Brown admitted at Kingsmeadow after the game.

“I think we've dropped two points. The defensive mentality was top class against a very good strike-force. They had [Adebayo] Akinfenwa and [Craig] Tanner and then [Adebayo] Azeez. I didn't think we had the composure in the final third. 

Barry Corr saw a long range effort cannon off the upright, before bouncing away and Brown said that although it looked in from where he was, it was a difficult decision for the linesman to make.

“It looked that it went back on the angle. The linesman said he couldn't make that match-winning decision with a guess. I accept what he says. It's inconclusive.

“The players acquitted themselves and I felt we were outstanding in terms of the work rate. I thought both young 'keepers did well and both have long careers in front of them.

“The point is another point on the road to where we want to be. We're six or seven points better than we were last season, which is a real positive. There's still a long way to go.”

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