Blues boss reacts to draw with Northampton Town...
Phil Brown was left frustrated after watching his Southend side drop two points at home to Northampton Town following a 2-2 draw at Roots Hall.
Goals from Jermaine McGlashan and Simon Cox were cancelled out by goals from Marc Richards and John-Joe O’Toole before the interval.
And the Blues boss wasn’t happy with a decision right on half time that led to Northampton’s equaliser but felt his side had enough chances towards the end to snatch a win.
“For sure [it was two points dropped], and it wasn’t for the want of trying neither. The way we played first half and second half I thought there was only going to be one winner” said Brown.
“Again I’m here bemoaning referees and the key decision that he gives a free kick on the edge of the box with a minute to go before half time and I cannot see what he’s seen.
“He must be the only guy in the stadium to have seen a free kick incident. If we’re going to do anything this season we’re going to have to climb that mountain ourselves.
“We had a go second half and we had two or three great chances at the end. Nile Ranger’s header, Nile Ranger heading the ball down to Theo Robinson and then Nile and Woody [Anthony Wordsworth] getting in the way of each other. Three good chances to win the game.”
Despite the draw, Brown took positives from the result which saw his side reach the 50-point mark for the season.
After such a poor start to the campaign, Brown was delighted to have reached the milestone in mid-February, which is seen as the amount of points required to avoid relegation.
“If you’d have said to me after 12 games that we’d have 50 points midway through February I would have grabbed that, not with two hands, but with everything. Feet, hands, mouth, heart, whatever you name it.
“But now we’ve got 50 points you’ve got to look at the next 14 games and realise what it’s going to take to get us to the play-offs.
“It’s a time for keeping that momentum going and playing the kind of football that we played in the first half but to stop the goals from going in.”
With the point taking the Blues back into the play-off places Southend will now travel to Peterborough United on Tuesday night in an attempt to cement their position in the top six.
The Posh will go into Tuesday night off the back of a 2-0 defeat away at Walsall this afternoon and Brown feels that his side have nothing to fear in midweek.
“At this stage of the season it’s about pressure and bottle. Peterborough on Tuesday will be a battle, it’ll be one of those where we’ve travelled away many, many times this season and have come away with the spoils.
“It’s not a side that you’re going to go to their place and fear at the moment. They’ve been beaten again today so it’s a good moment for us.
“It’s not about the last game now, it’s about the next one.”