Blues boss gives his take on the game against Shrewsbury...
Southend boss Phil Brown was left disappointed in the manner in which his Blues side lost 1-0 at Shrewsbury Town and is now hoping their rivals can do Southend “another favour” in the race for the play-offs.
With Millwall losing at home to Oxford United, the Blues missed the chance to leapfrog the Lions and go into the final play-off place ahead of the final game of the season next Sunday.
A solitary goal from Junior Brown was enough to see Southend lose their second successive game, and their fourth in five matches, and the manner of the defeat was what frustrated Phil Brown most.
“Smallest man on the pitch scores in the six-yard box from a set-piece, where he’s allowed to run freely into the six-yard box and get a free header,” said the Blues gaffer.
“At the other end of the pitch, not showing enough bottle, desire, commitment, character in the final third to stick the ball in the back of the net.”
“The manner of the defeat today has disappointed me because I ask for players to play with passion, with pride, with determination, with commitment, but also with bottle and that’s the important part of the game.
“It’s about the pressure, it’s about handling the pressure and we didn’t do that today.”
Next weekend sees the regular season conclude with Southend hosting Bury, Millwall travelling to Bristol Rovers and Rochdale – who are also now in the mix – at home to Bradford.
Brown wants his players to realise that the results in recent weeks have given his side an opportunity “that shouldn’t be there” but he accepts he may need another favour from his rivals.
“We’ve got to understand that when the game gifts you something you’ve got to grab it with two hands. That’s what we’ve been given, we’ve been given an opportunity next week that shouldn’t be there.
“All we can do is our business, and our business is trying to win the last game of the season.
“I still think we’ve got big players, we’ve got players that can handle this kind of situation, that’s why they’re at this football club.
“They haven’t done it at this moment in time, we need to do it one more time next week and then look at the teleprompter and see if Millwall have done us another favour.”7,341