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Reaction: Brown on a game of two halves, Wordsworth's return and Blues' winless run

16 September 2017

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Southend’s winless run continued but they showed plenty of spirit to come from 2-0 down at half time to salvage a 2-2 draw against Northampton Town.

Phil Brown though felt his side “chucked two points away” after a superb second-half performance from Blues and after the game he gave us his thoughts on the result.

On the first half performance…

I’m laughing at the moment but I should be crying. We cannot keep on doing it.

We’re a tad fragile at the moment, when we concede a goal we don’t go under but we take our foot off the gas and I’ve asked them to play in a certain way.

I don’t think Northampton laid a glove on us for until 20 minutes into the game and the corner that they scored from, we had two or three opportunities to do exactly the same that we’d been practising.

It got them an advantage and then they extended that advantage just before half time. That fragility, that side of our game we have to eradicate.

On the second half comeback…

We’re coming away again with a well-earned point from 2-0 down and I’m bemoaning the fact that we’ve chucked two points away.

The second half performance was the kind of performance I’m after, full of drive, determination. I can’t remember too many forays into our penalty box from Northampton, it was basically one-way traffic.

So, to deserve a point from the game, sounds like a good point but no it’s another couple that’s been dropped.

I’m glad the supporters stayed with us because at half time I would have been sorely tempted to go home myself having seen a lacklustre affair from our point of view.

I was probably the only man in the stadium that didn’t make changes, everybody would have had two possible even three changes at half, but I decided to let them put it right because I firmly believed that we could.

On Anthony Wordsworth’s return…

It was important that the positives from the second half were not just the fact we got two goals and a point, it was that Wordsworth got himself a goal and also got 60 minutes under his belt when I thought 45 might be enough.

The information I was receiving was that his hamstring could go, we could be running the risk of losing him for another three months which would have been a disaster.

But the 60-minutes that he got, fortunately, was full of the old Anthony Wordsworth; full of quality, full of making us play and I think Lenny responded to that and ultimately, he’s ended up on a team that didn’t get beat. If he had of stayed on, or could have stayed on for 90 minutes he would have been on a winning team.

The ice pack was just precautionary, he’s a long old time in that treatment room, I don’t think he wants to go back in there for one minute and he played that way.

On Blues’ winless run…

People ask me questions about the changing room and the mentality, the energy and all of them questions that win you games of football, but I can feel it coming.

My team talk to the players was quite simple it was let’s kick start our season, let’s start our season today and at half time I’m staring at the abyss.

Consequently, in the second half they showed that character that’s required to win games of football not draw them but we’ve got to get rid of that fragile feel to our defence and get back to clean sheet mentality.

We’ve had a 0-0 draw, we’ve had a 1-1 draw, we’ve had a 2-2 draw, we’ve had a 3-3 draw and every one of those games we should have won.

It can’t keep on going that way, people will lose their jobs, people will lose their positions, people will lose their shirts. When you’re not winning games of football you’re always entitled and always liable to make changes and that’s probably what will happen.   

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