Boss Phil Brown gave his thoughts following a late Bolton winner at Roots Hall...
Phil Brown was left deflated after watching his Blues side concede a 92nd-minute winner to Bolton Wanderers at Roots Hall.
Brown was forced to watch Mark Beevers’ winner from the stand having been ejected by referee Charles Breakspear after a Nile Ranger penalty appeal was turned down.
Having been second best in the first half, the Blues boss felt his side looked most likely to grab the winner late on, before Beevers’ strike left Brown “bitterly disappointed.”
“It was a bitter defeat, simple as that,” said Brown. “First half we didn’t really play, we got sucked into their way of playing which was quite direct. Gary Madine being the threat.
“Coming in at 0-0 at half time, I was delighted because we hadn’t played, we hadn’t performed. We had a little word at half time and I expected a better performance.
“I thought we played well for 20-25 minutes and I think we were starting to turn the screw. I thought it was only going one way and there was every chance of us getting the first goal.”
“I’m just bitterly disappointed that we’ve lost the game having put so much into it.”
Brown could not hide his disappointment after suffering such a late defeat, praising a strong Bolton team for pushing until the end.
But with five games remaining, Brown feels that a similar points haul to that picked up in Southend’s last five games would put the Blues “somewhere near” in the play-off race.
“I think Bolton Wanderers are a strong team that play for set-pieces. They got the final set-piece from a poor decision by a winger defending. The cross comes in, the ‘keeper makes a great save and then you get a 92nd-minute winner.
“Good luck to them, I’ve got no problems with that, I’m just bitterly disappointed that we’ve lost the game having put so much into it.
“It was 12-points from five games and if we’ve five to go and we get 12-points we’ll be somewhere near.”