Blues Boss gives his assesment on a late loss to the Spireites.Phil Brown was left aggrieved to come away empty handed from the game against Chesterfield which the Southend manager thought was a ‘smash-and-grab’ from the Spireites.
Lee Novak seized on one of Chesterfield’s few chances in the game which came moments after David Mooney fell to ground in the Spireites penalty box.
The appeals from the Southend player’s, manager and fans went unheard as the referee waved play on, and Brown said afterwards in no uncertain terms, he felt it was a penalty.
“I keep on bemoaning these decisions that referee’s are making, or not making, as the case may be,” said the Brown.
“I’ve just watched it again and it’s an absolute no brainer to me.
“He makes sure Mooney doesn’t get to the ball which is denying him a goalscoring opportunity. Bottom line is he has taken him down.”
Earlier on in the match, David Worrall squandered a great chance from a header which rattled the inside of the post and eventually ended up in the goalkeeper’s hands.
Tyrone Barnett had a header which was saved in the second half and another chance which was bundled to safety, but it just wasn’t to be Southend’s day.
Brown added: “In the end they’ve done a smash-and-grab on us and taken the spoils.
“It was all about the first goal today.
“Danny [Wilson] hasn’t come here to entertain the crowd. The 4-3-3 system that they put up against us was to come and get a point and they’ve got all three in the end.
“We hit the post in the first couple of minutes and then the follow-up by Dave Worrall has got to go in the back of the net. If that goes in, it becomes a different game.
“Tyrone Barnett’s had a good chance with a header, John White follows up and everything should go in the back of the net; the ball, John White, goalkeeper - everybody.
“It wasn’t meant to be. They’ve ended up getting a breakaway goal and we haven’t even got a point.
Brown, though, couldn’t fault his men and said it just wasn’t Southend’s day.
“I can’t ask any more of the players today.
“They’ve worked unbelievably hard, tirelessly and in the face of a little bit of adversity.
“We worked hard enough to win the game and we just didn’t have that little bit of luck in front of goal which you need sometimes.”
Worrall made a return to the first eleven but it was cruelly ended early in the first half.
“He’s got a bit of a point to prove at the moment and he’s come away with a very unusual injury; a gash on the back of his knee.
“He’s had to have six or seven stitches because it was opening up. I’ve never seen anything like it before.
“How long that might keep him out I don’t know.”