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Brown gives his view on Gills draw

19 March 2016

Read what the Gaffer thought after Blues draw

Phil Brown thought a point apiece for Southend and Gillingham was a fair result.

Anthony Wordsworth’s first half goal was canceled out in the second half by Luke Norris’ strike for Justin Edinburgh’s automatic promotion chasing Gillingham.

But Brown said that, even though having taken the lead, a draw was about right.

“I don’t think we played well enough today to win the game,” said Brown.

“I don’t think they did neither, but both sides had chances to go and win the game.

“It wasn’t for the want of trying. There was a lot of effort there, a lot of determination but it wasn’t a typical derby.

“I was expecting a feisty environment with tackles flying around, yellow cards, but it didn’t really take off.

“When we scored, I didn’t think we were in the ascendency when we scored and likewise when they scored.

“I don’t think both sides deserved to lose it but I don’t think they deserved to win it either.”

Despite not coming away with the all important three points, Blues weren’t cast adrift in the race for a play-off place.

And in front of a sizeable 9,00 plus derby crowd, Brown was pleased with his side’s efforts.

“You can never question our boys for 100 per cent commitment,” he added. “Certainly a derby match at home or a derby match away from home.

“They’ve taken points off us on from both encounters. I think we deserved to win the game at their place but I don’t think we did enough to win the game [today].

“Defensively we put our bodies on the line. They’re a good side, there is no doubt about it.

“That’s why they are where they are. They’ve got experience in this division.”

“I thought Payney had scored [just after half time].

“He picked the ball up and took it past two or three as if they weren’t there, and they all know he’s going onto his left foot and I thought he had hit the back of the net.

“Less than a minute later the ball’s in the back of our net.

“That’s how the game was. We had a chance they had one; very loose and open and a little bit ragged in the second half.

The three points were all going to be down to a little bit of composure in for of goal and neither side had it.”

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