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Phil Brown's reaction after Charlton defeat

9 September 2017

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Phil Brown was once again left frustrated as he watched his Blues side fall to a 2-1 defeat away at Charlton Athletic thanks to goals from Josh Magennis and Ricky Holmes.

John White’s goal late on gave Southend hope of snatching a point, but it wasn’t enough for Blues and after the game, Brown spoke to the club about the defeat at The Valley. 

On the performance against Charlton…

Good things are all well and good talking about them after the game, but the bottom line is we’ve been beaten 2-1. Beaten 2-1 against a decent side, but that’s not to say we didn’t have a foothold in the game.  

60-65 minutes you’re still 0-0, a couple of good opportunities, and then to go 2-0 down and to come back into the game in the manner that we did. I was expecting Ryan Leonard to burst the net with his opportunity to get a point, to come away from The Valley with a point would have been fantastic. 

The fine lines and margins are going against us at the moment, in more ways than one, on and off the field of play and we’ve got to turn that around quickly. 

We kept the game alive with John White’s goal – seems to be a decent ground for him scoring two and two now – but I’ll go back to Ryan Leonard’s chance. I know they’ve had opportunities, they’ve had good moments but we defended well in those situations.

On the goals conceded…

The two goals that we conceded, the first one was a great ball to be fair but they’ve exposed us when we’ve lost our shape just for a moment when Michael Kightly came in off the touchline and left Stephen Hendrie in a two-on-one situation. 

They got a great ball in and Magennis has stuck the ball in the back of the net like an international footballer that he is. 

You’ve got to batten down the hatches then, you’re 1-0 down at Charlton, you want to make sure it stays as one. But when they put you into two I made a couple of emergency substitutions and we clawed our way back into the game. 

Unfortunately, we didn’t do enough to get the equaliser. 

On the side’s poor run of form…

They’re [Charlton] playing with confidence, there’s no doubt about it, but I’m waiting for that moment when we play with confidence. We’re not actually expressing ourselves, we’re not quite there yet. 

The players waited 12 games last year to get going, I don’t want to do that again. It’s not good news, it’s not good work, it’s not good mentality, it’s not good ethos. 

It’s one of them where you’ve got to go into the next game knowing full well a group of players that can win a game, but we’re not quite there yet. 

We’ve got four strikers up top that aren’t quite firing at the moment, we’ve got three wingers that can win again or open a game up that are not quite firing at the moment, and we’ve got a defence at this moment in time aren’t keeping clean sheets. When you put those three things together you’re going to struggle. 

I’m not questioning whether we’re going to be fine, indifferent. If you’re asking me where we’re going to finish at the end of the season I’d predict in the top six, but I’m not going to say that at this moment in time having played six games and we are where we are. 

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