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BROWN | "We've got to finish as strong as we possibly can"

20 April 2016

Blues Boss gives his verdict on Oldham defeat

Southend United Manager, Phil Brown says his players must stay strong to the finish, and play with an eye on building for next season after the defeat to Oldham Athletic at Roots Hall.

That result on Tuesday night officially ended Blues chances of making the play-offs in Sky Bet League 1 as Curtis Main netted for the Latics just past the hour-mark.

In a relatively open game, Southend had several guilt-edged chances to take the lead in the game, which on another day could have sent the home side on the road to victory.

The lack of conversion and discipline frustrated Brown, who was speaking after the game.

“If you look at the chances we had in the first half that is probably the explanation for the reason why we didn’t win the game.” He said

“We had two or three great chances and we end up not taking any of them.

“I thought it was a very open game, there was a lot happening in the first half, and then come the second half it went the way of Oldham and we were very ill disciplined if anything.

“We lost our shape, our discipline and consequently the game having controlled it for long periods of time.”

Despite the disappointment of not making the play-offs it has been a relatively solid first season back in the third-tier for the Blues.

With many battling wins to look over this season, Brown wants the players to take the same intensity into the final three games, and put that form into the foundations of building for next season.

“We shouldn’t forget what we are; a newly promoted team and we’ve given everybody a little bit of a run for their money, but we can’t let that die now.

“We’ve got to finish as strongly as we possibly can in preparation for next year.

“People who want to be here will be, and people who don’t want to be here won’t be and I’ve now got to look at the player’s character over the next three games.

“I’ve got to make sure I can motivate these players to perform well enough to get something from the game on Saturday first and foremost.”

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