The Boss reacts to drawing 1-1 with Port Vale...
Phil Brown was left frustrated once again as Southend dropped two more vital points at home after a 1-1 draw against Port Vale at Roots Hall.
Anthony Wordsworth equalised for Southend just five minutes after Chris Eagles put the visitors in front, but Southend couldn’t break down the Valiants a second time to grab all three points.
Brown said he couldn’t “accept” the Vale goal that came from the head of the former Manchester United midfielder, and was also frustrated that his side only began to play well after going behind.
“I can’t accept the goal that they scored when I’ve got four or five six-foot-plus lads in my six-yard box, including the goalkeeper, and Chris Eagles gets the winner with his head,” said Brown.
“You’ll have to check the records, but I’m not too sure how many goals Chris Eagles has scored with his head but I think that’s a rarity.
“It spiked us into a bit of a comeback, but that’s the best football that we’ve played when we conceded a goal and we need to do that before we concede a goal. We need to do that from the start.”
“It was a very similar first half to the Gillingham game, but unfortunately where Gillingham were concerned we were 2-0 down at half time with 10-men, at least.
“We came in here at half time 0-0, a clean-sheet, I didn’t see their goal coming but if it takes somebody to score against us for us to play some of our best football, that’s the wrong mentality.”
Blues struggled to get into a groove against a Vale side who came to Roots Hall 22nd in the table and five points from safety.
Southend’s best chance of the first half fell to in-form striker Simon Cox and Brown felt that, if he had of found the target early on, that it would have been a very different story.
“Too many of our top players in the last couple of months were off today. When you say who’s to blame and what’s to blame, Coxy [Simon Cox] was the first one to put his hand up.
“He puts that ball in the back of the net after 10-15 minutes, and it’s a great opportunity, the vein of form that Cox is in you would expect him to finish it off.
“I thought the first goal would win the game today. The first goal for us sees them nosedive in terms of their confidence. The first goal for them sees them galvanised and that’s exactly what they were.
“But it galvanised us into a performance and that’s something that we need to get out of our make-up. We need to start games the way that we’ve finished it today.”
The Blues next travel to Bristol Rovers in a vital game for both sides, with both still with aspirations of making the play-off places.
But Brown stressed that next week’s game wasn’t any more or less important following today’s draw and that he was focused solely on the next game rather than the final 11.
“We need to stop thinking that way and make sure that we concentrate on trying to win a game of football by being tactically, technically and mentally prepared for the next onslaught.
“The next game is important, but it was important before this result. It was important before this match and it’s important now. It’s not because we’ve drawn the game, it’s just as important, simple as.
“We know what we’ve got to do with 11 games to go, but we don’t focus on 11 we focus on the one.”