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Phil Brown: We didn't do enough to win the game against Cambridge United

21 March 2015

Boss feels Cambridge 'came for the point' at Roots Hall.

Southend United manager Phil Brown was once again left frustrated as his side suffered a 0-0 draw against Cambridge United at Roots Hall.

And Brown felt opponents Cambridge 'came for the point', in a game of few chances.

“We didn't do enough to win the game. Richard Money's apologised for playing in an ugly way, but it's our responsibility to try and win the game. 

“The opposition came for a point and they got what they set out to achieve. We did everything apart from the final part of football. It's still a point and a clean sheet. Wycombe and Luton haven't played today and Newport and Plymouth drew as well.

“There was a bit of spark was missing from our game. It's about the mentality of the group. We had to defend the long ball game in the first half and we had to improve in the second. We asked them to raise the tempo and raise their game. We did, we raised the spirits, but they held us to the point.

There was huge concern from everyone when Luke Prosser went to ground after a powerful Ryan Donaldson strike smashed the defender in the face.

And Brown says there will be an update on the 26-year-old at the start of next week.

“I'll have to visit Luke in hospital tonight. He has pins and needles in his arms and that's a sign of spinal problems. However, I don't want to go overboard,” the boss reflected.

“It's never a nice thing to see and it's the duty and responsibility of the football Club. We will have to deal with it over the next 24-48 hours and we'll have an update on Monday. Luke will get all the support he needs.

“It's a difficult one for Kevan Hurst as well. He's just coming back into form and he finished the game at Burton in great form. His hamstring has tightened up and then his last piece of action was a whipped cross and he felt a sharp pain in his hamstring. I look at it as a hamstring tear. “

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