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Reaction: Brown on Oxford draw, Simon Cox and turning draws into wins

25 November 2017

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Phil Brown was again frustrated after watching his Blues side draw 1-1 at home to Oxford United after Simon Cox’s goal was quickly cancelled out by Wes Thomas.

Following the draw at Roots Hall – which maintained Southend unbeaten home record in the league – the Blues boss gave us his thoughts on the game.

On his side’s 1-1 draw…

The reaction is the same in terms of my frustration, but my anger is geared towards other things. I think the chances are still coming along, if they weren’t I’d be worried.

I’ve just watched almost 7-8 minutes of 15 seconds footage in front of their goal and it is beggars belief at times. When we do get the ball in the back of the net two of them are standing in offside positions. I think it’s the first time in the history of Michael [Turner’s] career that he’s ever been offside.

But it’s one of them where you’ve got to keep believing, got to keep going, you’ve got to keep doing the things that you do and hopefully, we’ll turn the corner.

I knew it was going to be an open game and the more open it became the more Jack Payne became a threat, and they would probably say they could have pinched it or they could have took the three points.

As far as I am concerned this game should have been dead and buried before they scored a goal, it should have been dead and buried before half-time, and it should have been dead and buried in the last 15-20 minutes.

On the goal-scorer Simon Cox…

I said to him at half-time, this was a story I had when I was at Bolton Wanderers when Fredi Bobic scored one goal in five games, one goal in six games, one goal in seven games and then gets a hat-trick on his eighth game and it became four goals in eight games – he became a one-in-two man.

Cox is a one-in-four man going into today’s game, if he gets a hat-trick he comes a one-in-two-and-a-half-man. Goals change games, goals change striker’s mentality, goals win games as we all know, but so does clean-sheets.

For Cox to get his fifth of the campaign, he’ll sit back and say I probably should have had double figures, and he probably should have had double figures.

If he had have had double figures we might have been in the play-offs but we haven’t got a goal-scorer with double figures and we’re not in the play-offs, and the harsh reality is we’ve only got a point today when we should have got three.

On trying to turn draws into wins…

You can’t change players overnight, it’s a slow process and the mentality of the group is still the right mentality. They’re still pushing for success, still pushing to win games of football, they’re still on the front-foot in the ascendency in the positive and we’ve got to keep going.

We don’t have to change anything, we’ve just got to keep going and eventually it’ll turn.

Our game plan is always to get on the front foot and squeeze the opposition if they’re good enough to play and if they’re good enough to pass. That’s been the same since day one since the Blackburn game, nothing’s going to change as far as that’s concerned and because of that, we’re getting our just rewards.

We’re getting chances in the final third from the pressure, and we’ll keep that going, we won’t change. What we’ve got to do is just relax a little bit more in the six-yard box, relax a little bit more in the final third and put the chances away.

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