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Match Reaction: Brown Apologises To Blues Fans Following Millers Defeat

12 August 2017

Blues suffered a humbling 5-0 defeat against Rotherham United this afternoon with a Kieffer Moore hat-trick causing most of the damage to Phil Brown’s side.

Following the game, the Southend manager spoke of his disappointment in the performance and apologised to the fans who had travelled to South Yorkshire.

On the travelling fans…

I feel for the fans and apologies to the fans for the way we performed. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong today.

The Southend supporters can know full well that we’ll be doing something about this, that’s for sure.

Between the lines, something happened today and I’ve got to get to the bottom of that.

Why players aren’t wearing the shirt with pride, why they didn’t put the shirt on with pride, why they embarrassed me, themselves and embarrassed the supporters that travelled.  

On the performance against Rotherham…

We were bullied in the first half by two strikers who were willing, game, put their heads in, had good movement and physique.

Everything about it took the game into our half, into the heart of our defence. When it went to our strikers we weren’t doing the same so it was one-way traffic in the first half.

It was a reasonable scoreline for them to tell you the truth and it could have been more.

You can say, did we have an opportunity in the second half? We had an opportunity to restore some pride in the club, in the badge, in the shirt and we managed to just do that slightly.

Marc-Antoine Fortune had a great opportunity at 4-0; does it get us back in the game? Do we have a chance to win the game? No. It would have restored a little pride in the second half.

Great performance from Rotherham, I take my hat off to them. The way they played was first class today and we couldn’t deal with it.

On watching from the dugout…

It’s never a nice place to be whenever you get beat, it doesn’t matter the manner in which you were beat. The manner in which we got beat today is totally, totally unacceptable.

Just a poor performance from start to finish, I can’t put my finger on the explanation behind the quality players that we’ve brought in that couldn’t even handle taking a free-kick or a corner.

Centre halves that can’t put their head in or didn’t want to put their head in, strikers who didn’t hold the ball up or strikers that when given the opportunity to score a goal didn’t. Midfielders players didn’t create, everything went wrong.

Back to the drawing board. 

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