Brown on the defeat to the Addicks...
Phil Brown was again left disappointed as Southend lost for the second time in a row, this time suffering a 2-1 defeat away at Charlton Athletic.
Ricky Holmes’ early opener was quickly cancelled out by a John White header, before Jake Forster-Caskey scored the winner later in the second half.
Southend had chances before and after Forster-Caskey’s winner, but Brown felt the injury to his goal-scorer, White, was pivotal in the Blues leaving They Valley empty handed.
“You come to The Valley and you see the state of the surface, we’ve been crying out for that kind of a surface. We go a goal behind to spark us, and I don’t like that kind of mentality at all, but we came back and got ourselves a goal.
“The key to it all was John White when he got injured just before half time. He came in at half time and had stiffened up. We patched him up and got him out there but as soon as that defensive-minded left-back came off unfortunately we conceded another one.
“It was a big blow to lose John, we’re now down to the bare bones in terms of defenders.”
Blues created enough chances in the game to get something from South London, with Stephen McLaughlin and Franck Nouble guilty of missing good opportunities either side of Charlton’s winner.
And Brown felt that his players simply hadn’t shown enough in the final third.
“At 2-1 down we threw a bit of aerial threat on, didn’t get the second ball and consequently create enough chances, albeit we had chances.
“We had a chance to go 2-1 up when Stephen McLaughlin went through one-on-one, McLaughlin had two or three to tell you the truth.
“But not enough in the final third to do any damage on Charlton. There was enough effort, just not enough nous in the final third for me.”
Southend brought 2,504 fans to The Valley and they made their presence heard throughout the afternoon in the April sunshine.
Brown described the travelling support as “different class” and is now focusing on the Easter double-header which could make or break Southend’s season.
“It’s different class [the support]. To be disappointed at the end of the game with 2500 travelling fans, it really is bitterly disappointing for them guys.
“With Chesterfield on Good Friday and MK Dons at home, the Easter period is going to decide our future, our season.
“Yes we’re still looking forward, we’re still confident, we’re still believing but we make it difficult for ourselves.”