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Brown - A well-earned point

16 January 2016

Blues boss thankful controversial penalty decision didn't cost his side.

Southend United Manager is thankful that a controversial penalty decision didn’t cost his team a well-earned point at Peterborough United.

The game was well in to injury time when the Assistant Referee appeared to have seen a foul in the box as the home-side pressed for a late winner.

After moments of confusion, deliberation and bewilderment to many, the spot kick was given; giving the home side a guilt edge chance to cruelly snatch a point away from the Blues.

Thankfully justice was done, and Daniel Bentley got down well to save the spot-kick, to add more drama to a game that had more than most stalemates.

Brown, although extremely pleased with the save, was extremely disappointed the penalty was given at all.

“We’re in the game to entertain, and drama is part of that entertainment, not just wonderful football.” The Manager said.

“For the officials to play a part in the high drama in the wrong way is wrong, and they’ll have to go home tonight and assess their actions and review.

“The confusion is born out the fact that the assistant referee is not deemed to be able to give penalty decisions that back referees in to corners, and that’s exactly what he’s done.”

Thanks to Bentley the team was able to deservedly register their first clean sheet in the league after a run of conceding 11 in three games.

The Blues boss was delighted that his team had rediscovered their steely resolve, and was confident of building on this performance.

“The last clean sheet we had was Colchester on Boxing Day, this is our next one and hopefully the start of a run of clean sheets.” Brown added

“That’s something we’re capable of doing, the belief that the boys will gain from this will hopefully be a massive positive.”

Southend, lining up in an unfamiliar 5-3-2 formation, managed to stifle a Posh side who are one of the league’s leading scorers.

The away side had chances to snatch all three points themselves; Jack Payne with the best of the lot with around 15 minutes to go, dragging his shot just wide.

Brown was pleased with how his side adapted to the new system this week, and how his players conducted their business today.

“Peterborough are a side that has scored 52 goals this season; they play open and attractive football and we had to come here with a game plan to stop that and I think we did.

“At the end of the day we came here with a game plan to win the game.

“We came here with a new system, and probably caught Peterborough a little by surprise having played a back four probably 98 percent of the time I’ve been here.

“It worked today, and hopefully it will again in the near future.”

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