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Brown urges for calm after Crewe draw

2 March 2016

Blues Boss gives his reaction to Tuesday's draw with Crewe Alexandra.

Southend United Manager has urged for calm from his players after the 1-1 draw with Crewe Alexandra.


It was a testing night for the Blues as they struggled to break a stubborn Crewe defence down.


The Railwaymen almost nicked it with a George Cooper free kick five minutes from time, but Jack Payne stepped up to save the day with an injury time penalty.


Brown, talking after the game felt his players didn’t play to their potential on Tuesday night, and that might be due to the fact of the nerves of the play-off push heating up.


“My emotion was one of frustration all night to tell you the truth.” He said.


“It was born out of the fact that I know my team can play better.


“It’s come to the business end of the season when it’s squeaky bum time and that’s what happening at the moment.


“I’ve got to relax myself, and I’ve got to relax the players and hopefully finish the season like we have done in the previous two.”


After the defeat to Port Vale last Friday, Brown was expecting a reaction from his players.


Whilst they managed to not lose this game, the Blues Boss felt that they didn’t do enough to merit all three points.


“It was an uncharacteristic response to the way we played on Friday night.


“I expected a good performance, but we didn’t really get that performance.


“I’m not bemoaning how we’ve played, or how Crewe have played or whatever, we didn’t do enough to win the game, but we haven’t lost.”


With other teams dropping priceless points around Southend, Brown feels this may yet prove to be a vital point gained come May.


“It might be a good point at the end of the season.


“I’d like to be in our situation as opposed to Bradford who have been beaten off Colchester United tonight.


“There’s going to be lots of twists and turns, we’ve got a target and that’s another point on our journey where that target is concerned.


“It’s disappointing that we didn’t get the three, but we didn’t come away with nothing.”

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