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Reaction: Brown on Doncaster defeat, Wordsworth incident and Ferdinand red card

7 October 2017

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Blues boss Phil Brown said he was “tinged with sadness” after watching his side’s five-game unbeaten run come to a grinding halt following a 4-1 defeat away to Doncaster Rovers.

Ben Whiteman scored three goals in under 11 minutes to blow Southend away in the second half after Anthony Wordsworth had put Blues in front, and after the game, Brown gave us his thoughts on the defeat.

On the defeat to Doncaster…

[My reaction is] tinged with sadness at how we can go from a level of performance in four games to that level of performance today. I can stand in front of the cameras and slaughter the referee, but it’s nothing to do with the referee, our second half performance wasn’t worthy enough, especially in the first 10-15 minutes.

Yes, decisions went against us today but the bottom-line is, to go 1-0 up and get beat 4-1 stinks of something wrong in the changing rooms and I’ve got to get to the bottom of that.

There was a claim of offside [for the equaliser] but Ryan Leonard was lying in a crumpled heap in the bottom corner so by law he was playing him on. Anything that could have gone wrong today did go wrong.

Five minutes into the second half we’re two goals down. The second goal was self-inflicted giving a silly free-kick away on the edge of the box yet again and the third one was a wonder-strike.

The fourth one, have a look at it yourselves, it’s a free-kick outside of the penalty box and it’s been given. Things that could have gone against us did go against us today and we got beat 4-1.

But having gone 1-0 up and not just have a foothold in the game but we’re likely to be the team that was going on to win the game, to lose 4-1 smells of something wrong in the changing room which I’ll get to the bottom of.

On the Anthony Wordsworth incident in the first-half…

If he [the referee] thought it was a red card he should have sent Woody [Anthony Wordsworth] off, end of story, and kept the game level in terms of his referring, but he didn’t.

He didn’t send Woody off and he probably felt, having looked at it again, that it should have been a red card and I wouldn’t have disagreed.

If we’d have gone down to 10-men I think I would have got a more of an honest performance, I think I would have got a more of a hard-working performance than what I did. So the referee didn’t do us any favours all ends up.

On Anton Ferdinand’s red card after the final whistle…

Anton’s just given me the exact footage of what he said and he obviously appraised the referee in an aggressive manner and the red card came out. I can only take what my player has said, he said the referee was poor using a swear word and the referee issued a red card.

It’s very poor from his part, very frustrating from my part as I’m going into next week’s game now with four recognised centre-halves out. I’ve got one player back from international duty.

It looks like he’s [Harry Kyprianou] pulled his quad, he was making a recovery run from a corner and pulled up quite sharply and then felt something go, so it doesn’t look good.

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