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Reaction: Brown on 3-0 defeat at Bristol Rovers

9 December 2017

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It was a tough afternoon for Blues as they fell to a 3-0 defeat to Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium thanks to goals from Billy Bodin, Ellis Harrison and Liam Sercombe.

The Blues boss, Phil Brown, spoke to us after the game and had some strong words on the performance which he felt was “totally unacceptable”.

On the performance…

In the first-half, we’re ruing the fact that we missed two or three great opportunities to get a goal and in the second half we didn’t turn up.

The way they played, the way they applied themselves, the attitude that they showed; if it wasn’t for my goalkeeper it would have been six or seven. Unacceptable, just totally unacceptable.

It could have been a lot worse, but it’s still a drubbing at the same time. It’s a hard one to swallow, it’s a hard one to take.

At 1-0 down, we played a little bit of football and had a couple of great opportunities; Josh Wright’s chance, the cross that flashed across the goal. You get an equaliser and you’ve got something to hang onto.

But the second half performance was just totally unacceptable. I can’t remember anything worthwhile to speak about in the second half and I feel for them fans that travelled all this way on a cold, winter’s day. I’d love to be able to pay them their money back.

On his players’ commitment…

I probably made the worst decision of my managerial career leaving Michael Timlin out. There’s no spirit in the team, no desire in the team, no commitment in the team, and those three words typify everything that Michael Timlin is about.

We didn’t have anything with regards to that and if you haven’t got that kind of commitment and desire, drive or determination, you’ve got no chance of coming to places like Bristol Rovers and getting a result.

It’s unacceptable to pull a shirt on that’s got a Southend United badge of it, representing me, representing the football club, representing themselves and play the way they did today.

If you look at my history, every one of my teams plays committed football and today there was no commitment whatsoever.

On Blues' away form…

The away form is dire, to say the least. We had that spell last year when we were losing threes, fours and fives.

This reminds me of Rochdale away last year where we turned the corner after that, but there’s not the same kind of spirit in that camp that we had last year.

It’s going to be a difficult month when you’re playing four of the top six teams to get to the January transfer window, if I do get to the January transfer window. 

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