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Reaction: Brown on MK Dons draw

22 November 2017

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Southend United boss Phil Brown was “absolutely disgusted” with his side after watching them squander a 1-0 lead to draw 1-1 against MK Dons at Stadium MK.

Josh Wright missed yet another Blues spot-kick before Stephen McLaughlin gave Southend the lead only for Kieran Agard to score a penalty to ensure the points were shared.

After the game, Brown spoke to the Club and gave us his thoughts on the draw.

On the reaction from Saturday’s defeat…

I was disgusted with it [the reaction], absolutely disgusted. We can’t put chances on a plate like we did tonight and not take them.

How many times have we chucked two points away? We’ve drawn four or five games this season and every one of them we should have won and there’s another one.

People will be saying it’s a good point at MK Dons after Saturday’s performance, but it’s a load of rubbish, absolute rubbish. I’m disgusted for the fans because they turn out in their numbers week in and week out away from home.

On another missed penalty and other missed chances…

We’ve got a penalty policy now. The penalty policy was named before the game and he’s gone and missed it again, so that’s a great policy, isn’t it? I’ll take them myself [next time], we don’t go down for penalties because we keep missing them.

The second chance he [Stephen McLaughlin] had when he had a tap-in in the six-yard box; it’s not good enough. I’m staring at a 1-0 defeat at Portsmouth and saying it’s not good enough and it’s not good enough again tonight. Disgusted, absolutely disgusted in the performance.

Huff and puff, and pretend we’re doing ok. We hit the woodwork twice, does that mean we should be winning the game? You hit the woodwork, we missed a chance. Cox missed a chance, Turner missed a chance, Macca [McLaughlin] missed a chance.

They’ll be half celebrating [the players] the fact that we got a point I should imagine, but it’s not good enough for me.

On Saturday vs Oxford and potential injuries…

Keep on banging the drum [ahead of Saturday].

The positive from Saturday [against Portsmouth] is that we didn’t create enough on Saturday, tonight we created everything and we’ve let a side back into the game like that. That isn’t good enough, it’s not good enough for me. The mentality is wrong.

It looks like [Marc-Antoine Fortune] has pulled his hamstring, Stephen McLaughlin looked like he had a tight hamstring and Michael Kightly has come out with half a dozen stitches in his eyes. Does that mean to say they’re committed? Doesn’t mean to say they’re committed to me.

I can’t keep on making changes, the only thing we need to change is the mentality. 

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