Boss frustrated following narrow defeat to Shrewsbury Town at Roots Hall.
Southend United manager Phil Brown was bitterly disappointed following defeat to Shrewsbury Town at Roots Hall on Saturday.
Nathaniel Knight-Percival's second half header was the difference on the day but it was a frustrating afternoon for the Blues.
Blues struggled to get going and Brown lamented his side following the game.
“They came to do a job for us and they did just that,” the boss reflected.
“I want players to come and step up to the plate this season but the performance was very poor. I want players to play without fear, express themselves and have that belief, because I believe in them.
“Tactically teams are aware of what we're about. Micky [Mellon] has brought his side here and has scored with a set piece.
“If you look at the statistics we had one shot on goal, they had more attempts in the penalty area and in the main were better than us.
“We started the first five minutes of the second half a lot better but it wasn't good enough. I take full responsibility for the tactics and the team selection.”
And Brown said that not one single player could come out of the game against Salop with any credit.
“You want the subs to have an impact and they didn't. In fact I don't think anybody came out of the game with any pride for the shirt. It's been a difficult day for me as a manager and the supporters.
“I could mention every player today. It's a big seven days ahead for us. We have them in tomorrow after a shocking performance.”