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Reaction: Brown on Bradford City defeat

16 December 2017

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Phil Brown was made to watch the final few moments of his side’s 2-1 defeat to Bradford from the stands after being sent from the dugout following Bradford’s injury-time winner.

The defeat ends Southend’s unbeaten home league record – the last unbeaten home league record to fall in League One – and after the game, Brown gave us his thoughts on the defeat.

On the defeat to Bradford…

[I thought it was a] very close game, very tight game.

Went in at half time 1-0 down and thought about making changes at half-time but stuck by the fact that Wordsworth had our best chance in the first half. And then second-half, we started the game ever so well and it was one-way traffic for me until we scored our goal and took the foot off the gas.

Not that I was getting carried away or getting too excited at 1-1 to go on and win the game because, with hindsight, it would have been a great point, but you’re up against a decent side in Bradford City, you expect them to cause you problems which they did do.

But bottom-line is when we did score the goal I thought there was only going to be one winner.

On the penalty decision and being sent to the stand...

Ryan Leonard is fully committed to the challenge and the ball comes out the opposite side of where he’s coming in. To me, he’s took the ball but he’s also took the man and the referee’s made the decision to give the penalty.

The resulting melee witnessed one of the Bradford City players just boot the ball over the stand into Rochford. To take a ball out of the bag and put it on the pitch – that was the second time I had to do that today – that’s his [the fourth official’s] job to get the game going.

To be sent to the stand for behaving irresponsibly is beyond me and I’ll be taking that up with Keith [Stroud] in a few minutes.

On this weekend compared to last weekend…

Seven days ago I wasn’t a proud man. It was one of those that if the players carried on performing in that manner it wouldn’t be long before the chairman came and had a stern word with me.

Today, if you looked at commitment and you measured the team on commitment then you would have to say that was a fully committed performance.

The less you win the more you lose ground, the more the Chairman loses sight of the Championship and that’s more pressure.

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