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Phil Brown's Newport reaction

9 August 2017

Phil Brown gives his reaction to last night's 2-0 defeat to Newport in the Carabao Cup...

Southend’s poor League Cup run continued as they were knocked out the Carabao Cup at the first-round stage for the seventh successive season thanks to a 2-0 defeat by Newport County.

A brace from on-loan Bristol City striker Shawn McCoulsky was enough to see the League Two side through and after the game, Blues boss Phil Brown gave us his thoughts.

On the defeat to Newport…

Back to earth with a bump after such a high Saturday and the performance, more importantly.

We were beaten by a team who were playing a certain way and quite simply, we didn’t deal with it, either first half or second half.

We played some half decent stuff but not enough to get the ball over the line.

At half time the message was clear, the first goal was going to win it. Unfortunately, it came from a mistake by ourselves and the rest is history.

On Dru Yearwood’s debut…

Dru Yearwood was a massive positive for me.

The young lad coming through that type of an education; playing against systems, talking about the way they play, talking about the style of football.

And it’s not just second division, it can be first division, it can be Championship, it can be anything; when you’re working harder than the opposition and you’re putting them under pressure to make them knock long balls.

I didn’t think we worked hard enough to put them under enough pressure and we didn’t work hard enough to get the second ball. That will come with Dru, there’s no doubt about it.

He’s playing alongside Lenny who’s, more or less, his educator now. He’s 24-25 and has got 200 games under his belt, so that’s a learning curve for Lenny tonight.

On Southend’s League Cup hoodoo…

It’s not a great record but it’s not for the want of trying.

I know people will say “well, why do you make changes?” but quite simply we’ve been beaten by a team who’ve made five changes as well.

There’s a lot of teams that make changes because they have to see things. I had to see whether Ted Smith is good enough to question Mark Oxley, is John White good enough at centre half, is Rob Kiernan going to be fit, is Theo Robinson going to get 90-minutes of football at this level.

There are loads of questions I need to answer and you tend to get that out of cup performances. But the question that was answered tonight was, if we think we just have to turn up on a Saturday then we’re in trouble. 

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