Blues boss reacts to the 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury Town at Roots Hall...Southend boss Phil Brown was left frustrated by a resurgent Shrewsbury who left Roots Hall with a point.
Blues had to come from behind to earn a share of the spoils after Adam El-Abd’s spectacular goal gave the Shrews the lead.
Stephen McLaughlin popped up towards the end of the first half with a leveller, and that’s the way it ended with neither side able to find a winner.
Brown, speaking afterwards, was left to rue not getting that all important opening goal when on top.
“Today was about the first goal,” he said.
“I’m not going to bemoan the referee, the game was about the first goal. They got it and they had something to hang their hats on.
“Consequently we had a little bit of a hill to climb, but we climbed it.
“The second half we just did not reach the heights that we did in the first half.”
It was one way traffic in the closing stages but Blues were unable to unlock the door to come away with the three points.
“If you look back at the eight points that we’ve got from the last four games, there was an opportunity for Nile Ranger in the 88th minute at Bradford to score a goal from a free kick - a free header in the six yard box,” Brown added.
“The same happened again today.
“I was expecting the net to burst and Mark [Antoine Fortune] to start his career at Southend with a bang, but it wasn’t to be.
“It’s another point in our plight and onwards and upwards looking forward to the next game.”