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Phil Brown's Plymouth Reaction

19 August 2017

Blues boss Phil Brown was left frustrated as he watched his Southend side settle for a point against Plymouth Argyle after Sonny Bradley’s own goal was cancelled out by a Ryan Edwards header.

Brown was much happier with his side compared to last weekend but admitted they lacked the killer instinct needed to put Argyle away. 

On his team’s reaction following last weekend’s defeat…

The performance last week was a big low in my career, let alone my tenure at Southend, but this today should have been a high and I’m more frustrated now because we’ve not finished a team off.

We need to get that killer instinct about us and put teams away like Plymouth today.

A lot of people can point fingers at one or two individuals last week, but as a collective, we went under. It was the right response. 1-0 we would have been absolutely delighted but we’ve got the get that clean sheet mentality back.

We’ve not had one yet and that’s not good enough. That’s the last sort of 5% of your game, clean-sheets mentality or sticking the ball in the back of the net, and it’s just missing at the moment.

On Southend’s missed opportunities…

The apologies I was getting last week I knew I wasn’t going to get any this week and that little bit of a spark was back with one or two of the players but it needs to be finished off.

If we’d have come in at 3-0 at half time it wouldn’t have been an embarrassment.

I said to Graham Coughlan after about 55-minutes we’re going to rue this. Unless we get that second goal we’re going to regret all the chances that we’re getting and not putting them away.

The attitude and the mentality was there today and that was the most important thing.

They were a different team in the second half and we knew that. We knew they were going to come out and shell it and basically, that’s all they did.

On Plymouth Argyle’s equaliser…

People might talk about set-pieces, stuff like that, but they were a big team. If there was anything they were going to score from it was a set-piece, and they eventually got one.

When I turned around and looked at the stand you see Nile Ranger, Michael Turner, Rob Kiernan, Anthony Wordsworth; there are four 6ft3-plus players and sometimes you do miss the inches, but the bottom line is they’re big, big players for us.

All I’ve asked the players to do is get as many points on board until we can get our full-strength team out. As you’ve seen, John White at centre back is stepping up to the plate big style, most of the players are.

On the state of the pitch…

It’s a small but important issue that hopefully by the Rochdale game will be resolved. We’ve worked at it since the last home game and it was better, but they are coming up in large clumps.

It’s a little bit of a concern but we played enough decent football to win the game. It’s not the surface that cost us today it was our lack of finishing. 

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