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BROWN | "We're beating ourselves"

13 August 2016

The Southend United Manager gives his reaction to Blues' 2-0 loss at Port Vale.

Phil Brown said after Southend United’s 2-0 defeat to Port Vale that it was a case of his team beating themselves rather than the other way around.

Goals from Anton Forrester and Remie Streete condemned the Blues to a third loss of the season at Vale Park.

Both goals came at points in the game when Blues had sustained pressure on the Valiants goal, but they were unable to breakthrough, and Brown was frustrated to have lost the game having been on top.

“The feeling is one of disappointment,” he said. “We’re two games into the campaign and we haven’t got a point on the board.

“But it’s not teams beating us, we’re beating ourselves.

“You’re not looking at a fantastic performance from Port Vale there. From a defensive point of view, 20 minutes into the game we were very comfortable.

“Then we made one or two silly individual errors that brought a bit of pressure on us, but it was one-way traffic at the time they scored their first goal.

“We had a three or four minutes spell in their half where we had corners, free kicks, the ball spending time in their penalty box, Coxy brought a save from the ‘keeper, Mooney’s brought a save from the keeper. There was about three possibly four minutes.

“Then one ball up to the other end of the pitch, everybody’s out of shape - out of sync - and a cross comes in and the ball’s ended up in the back of the net.

“I don’t think these lads can do anymore in terms of the work rate, but obviously from a psychological point of view, the mentality of losing another game is going to be damning. The longer it continues the worse it becomes.”

The Blues manager Brown stressed he needs to add to his squad but also get the players he has playing with confidence to get a first win of the season.

“I bought three players in the field of play today and one is an U21 from Swansea and two of the lads were on loan at Chelmsford City last season.

“That highlights the problem that I’ve got.

“Obviously I want a stronger squad, and I want Michael Timlin and Nile Ranger back on the field of play.

“At this moment in time what we’ve got is not stepping up to the plate and we need to arrest that situation first and foremost.”

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