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Reaction: Brown on Yeovil Town Emirates FA Cup defeat

4 November 2017

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Phil Brown cut a disconsolate figure after watching his Blues side exit the Emirates FA Cup at the 1st Round stage at the hands of League Two side Yeovil Town.

Otis Khan’s first-half penalty was enough for the Glovers to progress and after the game, the Southend boss gave us his thoughts on Southend’s fourth successive 1st Round exit.

On the Yeovil defeat…

First-half set the stall out, they looked like they wanted it more than us in the first-half. I said to them before the game, you can make this as easy or as hard as you want it to be and we made it hard for ourselves.

I’ve left the changing room with them digging each other out and rightly so. It wasn’t their job to do that at half-time, it was mine.

I got after them at half-time, we raised the level of performance second-half but not enough. Not enough to win a game, not enough to win a cup tie, not enough to progress to the next round.

A lot of the time, my chairman is always saying he wants a cup run and I’m the same. I’ve played the same team as I’ve played the last two games and we didn’t turn up in the first half. The second half we raised the gallop and showed what we could do, but not enough.

On his player’s mentality…

I think we didn’t show them enough respect. I did, but they [the players] didn’t.

I was close to making three changes at half-time, but I gave them the opportunity to go out there in the first five or ten minutes of the second-half to try and keep a hold of their shirt.

We’ve got a game on Tuesday which is an EFL Trophy game, but for the next league game you’re playing for your shirt and not one of them can say they played for their shirt and kept it today.

On the winning penalty…

The first penalty shout was from our corner and the second penalty shout and the goal came from our corner. Very uncharacteristic, very unlike us.

It looked like we weren’t organised from a corner, we rolled a square ball to Josh Wright and got nobody on the halfway line, it’s suicidal to tell you the truth.

Second half, when I’ve gone after them at half-time, we changed the attitude, but it’s difficult to stop-start. We’re not good enough to do that. We have to be full tilt right the way through, it doesn’t matter who we’re playing against

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