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REACTION | Phil Brown on Bristol Rovers defeat

12 March 2017

The boss on the 2-0 defeat at the Memorial Stadium...

Blues boss Phil Brown gave a damning assessment of his side following Southend’s 2-0 defeat at Bristol Rovers yesterday afternoon.  

Billy Bodin’s first minute strike followed by an almost identical goal scored by Rory Gaffney just after half an hour was enough to beat a lacklustre Blues side. 

And following the defeat, Brown had strong words to say about his players and their performance. 

“I was disgusted in my team in the first half to tell you the truth,” said the Blues boss.  

“We approached the game in a professional manner and yet in the first half, after a minute we’re a goal down, after five minutes we could have been two of three down. 

“I thought you’d seen an honest performance from the opposition and I thought you saw a dishonest performance from my team and that dishonesty I’ve got to iron out of the DNA of the changing room. 

“Whether I do that in changes, do that in moving people on, but this has shocked me today, really shocked me.”

After a dominant opening from the home side, Brown made a double change before the first half was out, bringing on Nile Ranger and Stephen McLaughlin. 

Brown saw the two of them getting an hour of football each under their belts after spells out through injury as one of few positives he could take from the game. 

And the Blues boss was quick to dismiss Southend’s chances of reaching the play-off places if performances like he saw at the Memorial Stadium continued. 

“I don’t think we’ve got a chance [of promotion] with that kind of performance. It’s not been just today, it’s been three of four games that in the first half it’s just unacceptable. Unacceptable behaviour, let alone performance. 

“Congratulations to Darrell Clarke for great first half performance. Did we allow them to play? Yes, we did. Did we get in their faces? Did their two strikers work hard than our two strikers? Yes. Was that the cause of the problem in the first half? Probably. 

“We didn’t put our bodies on the line, we didn’t put our heads in, we didn’t the graft, the hard work that’s going to get any team a win and that’s all we’re looking for. 

“Just one win gets us to the next one, and that’s all I’m bothered about. Tuesday night [against Coventry] is about winning, I’m not bothered about the rest of the season.”

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