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Phil Brown: Disappointment for the fans, but there was too much at stake

28 March 2015

Boss feels decision to call the game off was the correct one

Southend United manager Phil Brown said he was disappointed for the travelling Blues supporters who made the trip to Bury, as the game was postponed just six minutes in.

However, the Blues chief also felt referee Tony Harrington called it right, as both teams had 'too much at stake'.

“I'm disappointed for the travelling fans, first and foremost,” Brown announced at a rain soaked Gigg Lane.

“Some of our fans travelled at 7am this morning, some stayed overnight and one even came from Portsmouth.

“It's probably a good thing for us. We had Myles Weston, Kevan Hurst, Luke Prosser and David Worrall – David was desperate to play in this game.

“I was told Bury spent £157,000 on the pitch over the summer. I think it was a game around Christmas when it was covered in snow and that's effected it.

“We were looking forward to it. The forecast was due to be clear, but it was like a monsoon. It was the right decision to call it off. 20 minutes before the game it was playable. After five minutes me and David Flitcroft both said it shouldn't go on.

“It was risky today. We're both fighting for promotion and tackles would have been flying in. There was just too much at stake.

“We'll have a clearer view of where we will be. It will be a feisty encounter when we lock horns again.”

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