Blues suffered another tough defeat on the road as they lost 3-0 at the hands of Wigan Athletic who went top of the table with the win at the DW Stadium.
Goals from Michael Jacobs, Nick Powell and Ivan Toney were enough for the Latics with Southend ending the game with 10-men after Jermaine McGlashan was shown a straight red card.
After the game, Blues boss Phil Brown spoke to us and gave us his thoughts on the defeat.
On the loss to Wigan…
Having worked all week on a game plan, it wasn’t to go behind as early as the eighth minute but we then got a foothold in the game. They are a good team, they pass the ball, they work it well, but the way we played, the way we defended, I was very proud of the back four.
I’ve replaced young kids with senior players – Marc Antoine Fortune replacing Nile Ranger, Dru Yearwood coming off and Stephen McLaughlin going on – and I wouldn’t have expected the way we give the ball away as easily as what we did.
I’m not saying the changes did us any favours or did us any damage, but when I put my seniors on we ended up losing 3-0.
So, the scoreline reflects well on Wigan and good luck to them, but the work rate of the team and the genuine honesty of some of my players was there to be admired. At 85 minutes on the clock, I’m looking at equalising not conceding a second and a third.
On the Jermaine McGlashan red card…
In the first minute of the game there was a two-footed tackle just in front of me by a Wigan player and it wasn’t even a foul and, if anything, Jermaine slipped and it looks like a two-footer. The fact that he slipped didn’t do him any favours.
Consequently, we had to shuffle the pack again and suspensions aren’t doing us any favours at this moment in time and certainly, injuries aren’t doing us any favours. We knew they’d have good possession but our counter-attacking got a little bit better when we went down to 10 men.
All I can do is emphasise the mentality of the group, up to 85 minutes see the league leaders and be competitive against them. You know you’re going to be up against it when you come to the DW Stadium.
He’s [Paul Cook] got a decent side, he’s got a decent budget, you name it he’s got it, and we stood up to that test and then the last five minutes looks like we’ve capitulated but we didn’t. It’s a couple of bad decisions in the final third that’s cost us.