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Brown frustrated with Rochdale display

26 March 2016

Blues Boss gives his verdict on 4-1 defeat at Spotland

Southend United Boss, Phil Brown was left feeling very discontented with his side’s performance as they went down 4-1 at Rochdale on Good Friday.

A game that started so well as Jack Payne gave the Blues the lead, turned in to a frustrating afternoon as Dale levelled through Grant Holt just before half time, and the home side completed the turnaround with three second half goals.

The Manager, speaking after the game, felt it was poor show all round at Spotland.

“I’m very disappointed with today’s performance.” Brown said.

“Not so much with the ball, but without the ball more than anything else.

“Rochdale came into this game on a rich vein of form, and we put pay to that to a certain extent with the first goal which silenced the home crowd.

“But then we didn’t see the first half out, and consequently when they scored just before half time it gave them a little bit of a lift and they came out in the second half with their tails up.”

Rochdale’s width appeared to cause Blues problems as low, fizzing balls continued to be spayed into the Southend box.

The inability to deal with that threat as a team left Brown extremely frustrated.

“As a group it was unacceptable defending for the second, third and fourth goal let alone the one that hit the cross bar previously.

“It was a poor day at the office to tell you the truth from a defensive point of view, but I don’t think we created much going forward either other than Adam Barrett having an opportunity at 3-1.”

Such is the Easter fixture pile up, Southend have the chance to get back to winning ways almost immediately as they welcome Sheffield United to Roots Hall on Wednesday night.

In order to pick up the three points on Wednesday, Brown feels a period of self-reflection and hard work from the players will be needed in the build-up to that game.

“We’ve got to pick a winning formula, and a winning formation.

“That 4-3-2-1 formation has served us well in terms of points returned this year, but it’s one of them where it has to come from within.

“If I’m in a changing room that’s lacking a bit of fight, and that’s what we lacked today, I know I’ll be doing something about it, individually and collectively.

“As a manager you can only do so much, and once they cross the white line they have to take some responsibility.

“These players have been magnificent for me in the three years that I have been here. The lads have done extremely well but when you cross the white line you’ve got to wear the shirt with pride and today we didn’t.”

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