Phil Brown reacts to Blues' point with Charlton...
Phil Brown felt that Southend’s 1-1 draw against Charlton was a great advert for League One football and also admitted that Man of the Match, Ted Smith, should probably not have played.
Goalkeeper Smith pulled off a string of fine saves to keep the Blues in front before Andrew Croft’s 89th minute equaliser, despite being laid out with a sickness bug in the last few days.
“To be fair to Ted [Smith] he’s been in bed for the last 24 hours, he couldn’t train, he couldn’t get out of bed and looking at him this morning he looked worse for wear,” said Brown.
“He shouldn’t have played if truth be known but he did stand up to it and did grow as a man today.
“If you look at the Bolton Wanderers game two and half months ago and today, he’s come a long way, but so have the team.”
Brown felt that his Southend side were more than worth all three points and felt a second goal for the Blues would have killed off the visitors.
“We had a couple of very good chances to make it 2-0 and once it goes 2-0 it should be game over.
“We’ve hit the crossbar, we’ve worked the goalkeeper and we had great opportunities in the final third.”
In front of a season record crowd of 10,329, despite not seeing the game out, the Southend gaffer was delighted with his side’s performance and that the game was a great advert for League One.
“I’m delighted that 10,500 turned up today and I’m delighted that we performed.
“I’m disappointed that we dropped two points but as everybody can see it was a great advert for League One football and a great advert for Southend United.”