The Southend United Manager gives his reaction to Blues rescuing a point late on v Bristol Rovers.Phil Brown was pleased his side managed to battle back to secure a point in the 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers at Roots Hall.
Rovers had thought they had won it after Peter Hartley headed in from a corner just past the hour-mark, but Blues were presented with a lifeline as Ellis Harrison handled in the box with ten minutes remaining.
Simon Cox did not pass up the opportunity, sending Steve Mildenhall the wrong way to ensure it ended honours even.
Brown, reflecting on the result, felt the introduction of substitutes Jermaine McGlashan, Jack Bridge and Jason Williams played a vital role in making sure Blues’ got something out of today’s game.
“I’m disappointed to a certain extent with a point, but at the same time we could have lost it in the end.
“Of course I was trying to get three points today and it was one-way traffic in the first 20-25 minutes.
“In the second half they get a goal form a set piece. I see Adam Barrett lying down in the dirt when it was his man that scored the goal but I thought there was an infringement before that, but the referee’s not seen it and they score the goal.
“The man on the post should clear it off the line if the truth be known and then it’s still 0-0.
“I thought the substitutions, where we were concerned, made a big difference.”
There was much debate as to the award of the penalty from the Rovers bench, but Brown says his players were adamant it was a spot kick as the ball appeared to strike Harrison’s hand.
Regardless, Brown says his players must now focus on welcoming Fleetwood Town to Roots Hall next Saturday and try to register their first home win of the season.
“It was a harsh penalty, but it doesn’t matter. The lad has put his hands up inside the penalty area to block the ball and he’s blocked the ball.
“Our players thought it was a definite penalty.
“We got the penalty and we got the result and move on to the next game.
“It’s becoming increasingly difficult to win at home, but once we start winning at Roots Hall, I think things will take off.
“It’s another point and we’ve got another home game coming up against Fleetwood who lost today. It will be a tough game.”
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