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BROWN | Players lost the battle

23 April 2016

Blues Boss gives his reaction to Wigan defeat

Southend United Manager, Phil Brown felt his side’s 4-1 defeat at Wigan Athletic was caused by losing the fight across key areas of the pitch.

The Blues found themselves shell-shocked by a rampant Wigan side who charged into a three-goal lead at the break with goals from Chris McCann and a brace from Will Grigg.

Michael Jacobs made it four shortly after the interval which effectively ended the game as a contest before Southend pulled one back from a Craig Morgan own-goal.

Blues Boss Brown felt his side received their comeuppance today by a side destined for the Championship.

“We had ten outfield players losing ten individual battles.” He said.

“We were punished for playing football in an unorthodox way where we were inviting trouble on ourselves and you can highlight that with the fourth goal.

“With the three goals before that it’s the simple basics of football of not being able to stand up to your opponent you’re playing against.

“It wasn’t about systems, it wasn’t about better players, it was just none of our outfield players won their individual battle.”

A run of three successive defeats has seen Southend having to settle for mid-table in Sky Bet League 1.

Brown spared a thought for the magnificent travelling support today as he looks to steer his side back to winning ways before the end of the campaign.

“Quite simply we’ve made our bed and we have to lie in it at this moment in time.

“We’ve got two games to lie in it unfortunately and you can only feel for the travelling support that we had today.

“But bottom line is that wasn’t easy standing out there watching my team from two to 11 capitulate and that’s exactly what we did.”

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