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Phil Brown: The better team lost at Burton Albion

3 October 2015

The boss feels his side deserved more for their efforts at the Pirelli Stadium.

Southend United boss Phil Brown was left ruing his side's luck as the Blues suffered a frustrating and narrow defeat to league leaders Burton Albion.

The Brewers earned all three points with a fortuitous strike as Tom Naylor's scuffed effort hit Luke Prosser and finished in the back of the net.

But Brown found positives in his side's play at the Pirelli Stadium, stating that his side were the better of the two.

“It was a good away performance and for that to be the first away defeat of the season shows how far we've come,” the boss said.

“To be denied by a shot that was going wide is bitterly disappointing and I think the best team lost.

“Burton showed the resilience they've got under Jimmy and in the first half we knocked the ball around with a quality that's required. Getting into that final third was difficult.

“We didn't come out of the traps in the second half and that's why we lost the game.

“They have the lad [Stuart] Beavon up front and he's excellent. He holds the ball up well. It wasn't as solid for us in terms of possession today as it was at Crewe on Tuesday. We deserved the point, if not three.”

And Brown feels his team have a lot to learn in terms of 'managing games' following the 1-0 defeat.

But he admits he is proud of his troops following a three-game winning streak and an unbeaten away record prior to the defeat to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's side.

“We haven't got anything from the game but we're learning and are a young side. Burton grind the games out and manage the games better than what we do.

“If you come to October and lose your first away game to the league leaders then you'll take that at the start of the season,” he concluded.

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