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Reaction: Brown on Scunthorpe defeat

23 December 2017

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Southend’s hoodoo at Glanford Park continued as they fell to a 3-1 defeat at Scunthorpe United after the Iron came from behind to inflict Blues’ fourth straight defeat.

Goals from Kevin van Veen, Conor Townsend and a Michael Turner own goal secured the win for the home side and after the game, Blues boss Phil Brown gave us his thoughts.

On conceding three goals from corners…

We weren’t switched on for the second phase of the first one, we weren’t switched on for the first phase of the second one and then the third one is an own goal by Michael Turner putting his body on the line.

We’ve got to go away and take the positives out of the game, and there was a lot to admire about certain things, but defensively I can’t accept the fact we’ve conceded three goals from corners.

I think the difference between the two teams is you’re seeing one team play with confidence and one team wasn’t playing with confidence.

There was one part of the game when Woody [Anthony Wordsworth] had a shot on the edge of the box, they’ve cleared off the line and 10 seconds later I’ve got a three-on-two at this end of the pitch.

That for me is a team lacking in confidence and a team that believes that eventually they’ll ride their luck in front of their own goal then go get one at the far end, that’s the difference between the two teams.

On rebuilding his side’s confidence…

It’s difficult. I don’t just encourage players to pass; I want them to do something with the ball, be inventive, creative, but all of them things require confidence.

Today was always going to be a tough game. When we went 1-0 up we had a real foothold in the game having got to grips with their system and then went on to do better things in the latter stages of the first half but then conceded a sloppy goal from a corner again.

It’s difficult because players have to stand up at this moment. Players have got to stand up and be counted and when one or two go under, I’ve got to whittle them out and make sure they’re not playing the following game.

If you’re selected that’s the confidence the manager has in you to go and play the game and once you get that belief back then the rest follows.

On Nathan Bishop…

He’s got a confidence and a belief about himself that will take him a long way. He’s got an arrogance about himself that will take him a long way.

He’s got the right size, right stature, right temperament. He slowed the game down in the second half, not deliberately to kill their tempo or anything like that, but just to compose himself and I thought he got his composure.

He made a couple of good saves and he’s got a career, he’s got a future. There’s every chance [he will play on Boxing Day].

Mark made a great save in the first half and fell against the base of the post. He’s caused himself some back problems at the base of his spine and didn’t feel he had 100% power in terms of his biggest strength of kicking a ball.

He couldn’t kick it so, with that in mind and a heavy fixture list coming up, I decided to leave him for the second half of today and on went Nathan.

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