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MATCH REACTION | Brown highlights need for consistency in performances

24 September 2016

Blues Boss reflects on defeat at Sixfields Stadium...

Manager Phil Brown said after Blues’ 4-0 defeat to Northampton Town they must find some ‘consistency in performances’ after a ‘battling’ first half was undone in the second 45 minutes.

Having gone into the break all square, the Cobblers scored a minute after half time and then went on to score three more after Jason Demetriou was sent off for a foul which led to a penalty. 

Speaking after the defeat, Brown thought a couple of decisions went against his side following a first half where Stephen McLaughlin and Jermaine McGlashan both had a great chances.

“The referee gives a free kick for a handball which I looked at, the fourth official looked at and the assistant referee and assessor are all saying he can’t give, yet he gives it and the ball ends up in the back of the net,” Brown said afterwards.

“The second goal I thought the rule had changed to if you’re denying a goalscoring opportunity in the penalty box, the penalty and a yellow card was enough. He’s given a red card and it’s game over in effect.

“The first half was good, the first half was a battle, playing the conditions, standing up to the opposition and thinking if we get close in the second half that they’ve had a game on Wednesday night against Manchester United.

“That was all evened up with the sending off of Jason Demetriou.

“From that battling first half performance when we should have gone 1-0 up, to losing 4-0, I didn’t see it coming.”

A game against Oxford United on Tuesday offers a swift opportunity to put things right.

“It’s a case of getting some kind of level of consistency in performances,” Brown added.

“Last week’s performance against Millwall was chalk and this was cheese.

“The next game is the most important game. It always is in my life, it always is in Southend’s life.

“We’ve got two or three players now coming out of the treatment room who I need to step up to the plate.

“I was thinking about Tuesday when I brought Adam Barrett off, I was thinking about Tuesday when brought David Mooney off and I was also thinking about giving Ryan Inniss and Anthony Wordsworth some minuets on the pitch.

“Tuesday, at 3-0 down and ten men, was my thought process towards the latter stages of the game. Hopefully we re-group.”

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