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Reaction: Brown discusses Posh draw, Ryan Leonard and Blues' unbeaten home league record

17 October 2017

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Blues boss Phil Brown felt a draw was a fair result after Jack Marriott’s second-half strike cancelled out Marc-Antoine Fortune’s opener to leave Southend and Peterborough with a point apiece.

After the game, Brown gave us his thoughts on the game itself, the controversy surrounding Posh’s equaliser and Ryan Leonard’s performance before looking ahead to Saturday’s game against Bury.

On the draw with Peterborough…

Both teams could have won the game and both teams could have lost the game, and in the end, I suppose a draw is a fair result.

In the second half, it became almost like a cup-tie. The FA Cup draw was last night and it was just like an FA Cup tie, end to end stuff, both sides going at it to try and win the game.

And it was only until the four minutes extra time went up that we both settled for a point. But two boxes going at each other, both having a go and a good advert for that kind of football. Does nothing for my grey hair or my heart, I’d rather have an entertaining 1-0 any day of the week.

They had a bit of a shock result at the weekend when they got beat at home by Gillingham, but they do travel well. They’ve scored over two goals per game on their journeys so far this campaign, so in the end, you’ve got to say it’s a good point, but when you go 1-0 up at home you always expect to go on to win the game.

On Jack Marriott’s equaliser…

We haven’t really got the problem in terms of team selection and the front line, we’ve got the problem in the back-line and we’re bemoaning a throw in that was given in our way then [the linesman] changed his mind but we didn’t defend it properly.

We didn’t defend the throw in and consequently from then the ball kept flashing across our penalty box and eventually something gave way.

But when you’ve got a makeshift back four like we’ve had, I suppose I’ve got to be pleased with a point. But when the back-four was breached my goalkeeper stood up to the test.

On Ryan Leonard…

I think that’s the third game, and he’s played 250 for me Ryan Leonard, at centre-half and I thought he was outstanding.

They tried to test him – him and John White – in the first five minutes by getting in behind us so it was a different kind of game plan and tactic. You expect Peterborough to pass you off the park but they were putting the ball in behind and we were getting tested.

His pace in there for everybody to see, but at the same time when the ball was coming into the midfield berth, it was a little bit hit and miss. It wasn’t 100% comfort but when Lenny’s in there it tends to be that way, so what we’ve detracted from the midfield we’ve added to the back but we’re missing him in the middle of the park.

Anton’s back on Saturday, Michael Kightly trained today and looks like he’s going to step up to the plate and wants to be involved on Saturday and I’m hoping Michael Turner will be the same.

So it’s an important two or three days that we start getting the players that we signed in the close season, we start getting them back and start becoming a stronger unit, a stronger outfit.

On the unbeaten home record and Bury on Saturday…

You look at your campaign and we’ve won three and drawn four at home, undefeated at Roots Hall, we’ve got to start getting that resilience away from home.

We’ve got a big game on Saturday now against Bury, they’ve been turned over tonight and we could bring more misery on them by bringing our best game to the table both with and without the ball and I thought at times we did that [tonight].

I thought in the first half we had flashes of brilliance, but on Saturday, Anthony Wordsworth was looking for somebody to play with and he had it. Today he had Coxy, he had Marco, he had Stephen McLaughlin and the two midfield players stepped up to the plate.

We played some good football first half but we just run out of steam just a little bit in the second half, but it wasn’t for the want of trying. I thought the work rate was tremendous and the attitude you’ve got to say, to a man, they gave us everything. 

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