Southend United Manager, Phil Brown gives his reaction to Blues 3-1 defeat to Gillingham at Roots Hall.Phil Brown was disappointed his Southend United side didn’t take full advantage of their first half superiority following the 3-1 defeat on the opening day to Gillingham.
Stephen McLaughlin had deservedly put Blues ahead with a superb strike from 25 yards which nestled under Gills goalkeeper Stuart Nelson.
But the Kent side responded through new singing Jay Emmanuel-Thomas just before the break, before going on to seal the win in the second half thanks to goals from Max Ehmer and Emmanuel Osadebe.
“It was a big blow because of the manner it came around,” said Brown after the game.
“I think Justin [Edinburgh] would have gone in one nil down at half time thinking I’ve got off the hook here.
“We missed a couple of great chances - David Mooney missed the chance of the game, probably the chance of the season. It was one way traffic.
“The game could be over at half time, but it wasn’t and then Justin gets an equaliser just before and all of a sudden he’s got something to throw at.
“You don’t win a game in the first half but it could have been over and done with, but in the second half it was questionable why some characters laid down.
“Maybe the mentality might not be right. When the gloves were off at 1-1 we laid down in the second half.”
Mark Oxley, Jason Demetriou, Jermaine McGlashan and Simon Cox all started their first competitive games in Southend colours, whilst Adam King, on loan from Swansea, was a second half substitute.
Brown was happy with their contributions but not with the manner in which Gillingham’s decisive goals came about.
“The debutants sampled a good atmosphere but I don’t like people coming here and enjoying themselves and that’s what Gillingham did in the second half.
“It’s inexcusable to a certain extent, a free header in our penalty box from a long throw and then we give the ball away in a good possession for the third goal and the game in effect is over.”