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MATCH REACTION | Brown on Emirates FA Cup exit

5 November 2016

Blues boss reacts to the 1-0 defeat against Millwall...

Manager Phil Brown thought Blues were unlucky to lose to Millwall in Friday night's Emirates FA Cup First Round tie.

Mahlon Romeo's 88th minute goal sent the Lions through when the tie seemed set to need a replay at Roots Hall.

And Brown felt his side shouldn't have been on the end of a defeat.

"From start to finish there was only one team on the pitch," he said.

"I'm all about performance and the performance today wasn't worthy of a 1-0 defeat, it was worthy of a three of four nil win.

"We've come here with a game plan and played with pride; a siege mentality which you've got to have when you come to The Den.

"The only regret that I've got is that we're sending our supporters home with nothing in the bag.

"There was divisions apart between the two teams. The balancing act of some of the referee's decisions I've got to question but we've conceded a goal late on and I'm disappointed with the way we did.

"The bottom line is we should be walking away in the second round hat and we're not."

Brown added that performances like the one his side put in would usually send the fantastic Blues' fans - of which there were 943 at The Den - away with more to celebrate more often than not.

"The supporters were outstanding, the players were outstanding, the team was outstanding. It was a blood and thunder good cup tie.

"The chances were there. Macca should be putting us 1-0 up from a corner.

"If I get that performance on Tuesday night against Stevenage and I get that performance against Bury, we'll be on the right track."

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