Blues Boss reacts to narrow defeat to the BantamsPhil Brown thought Southend deserved at least a point against Bradford City.
The Blues were undone by Lee Evans’ 12th minute strike but second half chances from Tyrone Barnett and Ryan Leonard almost handed them a point at Roots Hall.
After the 4-1 defeat to Wigan Athletic the week before, Brown said it was an improvement from last week’s showing which was just missing a bit of luck to get an equaliser.
“We were better than last week, that’s for sure,” said Brown.
“We did enough to get something from the game today, whereas last week I couldn’t say that. I couldn’t level any kind of praise at the players, but this week I could level a lot of praise at a lot of players.
“Our recent run of form showed. The level of confidence in front of goal is not quite there to win games of football, and you need that from individuals and the team.
“Sometimes the ball going in the back of the net inadvertently from a back pass or something like that - we’re missing that bit of luck at the moment.”
Bradford secured a play-off place with the win, and the manager said his Southend side came up against a team with experience in League One.
“Bradford have been in this league for three years and they showed that,” he added. “The experience of this level shone through and not just today but all season for them.
“That’s something like 21 clean sheets for them and that was us last year.
“Next year we have to learn from our experiences of playing at this level and be confident to play at this level.
“We have to get the mentality that Bradford showed today. We need to get the right personnel in that have a clean sheet mentality.
“We’ve got to take what we’ve done this season and improve on it next year. Improve individually, myself and the backroom staff.
“Recruitment is the most important part of next seasons plan and that’s not to ’right off the Bury game.”
Academy products Jack Bridge, who came on for his debut, and Ted Smith, who made his second appearance in goal, was a big positive Brown took from the game.
“The bandwagon carries on from the academy. Ted Smith has stood in front of 1,500 Bradford fans this afternoon which will stand him in good stead and Jack Bridge getting a little taste of it as well. He showed glimpses of what he can do.
“Overall it would be nice to get into the sixties and that will hopefully happen next week, but I do firmly believe we deserved something from the game against a very good side.”