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Reaction: Brown on missed chances, penalty decisions and turning the form around

13 September 2017

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Phil Brown watched his Blues side fall to a second successive defeat last night as Jon Nolan’s solitary goal was enough for Shrewsbury Town to claim a 1-0 win and remain top of the table. 

After the game, the Southend boss spoke to the club and felt the only difference between the sides was Shrewsbury “riding their luck” but he was of his side’s overall performance. 

On the narrow defeat to Shrewsbury…

I was hurting at half time conceding a goal in the manner in which we did. I’ve got a young right-back who’s just learning the game, he’s learning his trade.

I’m not holding him responsible for the goal solely but he just came a little bit on the narrow side when an experienced full back would have been a little bit further wide and the player would have had to have gone past him. That’s just the intricacies of defending. 

But we conceded the goal and by that time I thought we had a couple of decent chances, we had a couple of efforts on goal. Second half performance I’ve got a lot to be proud of. 

I thought we peppered their goal with good football and probably could have scored three or four goals, but we’re lacking a little bit of belief and possibly a little bit of understanding of what it takes to win a game of football at the moment because of the naivety of the team.  

On the first half penalty decision…

For me, it’s a stonewall penalty, but I’m not going to bemoan it. Referees have either got to stop that by booking the player [for diving] or giving the penalty, and he said it was neither. 

So why is Marco going down? I just don’t get it. I don’t get what the referee had in his mind. Marco’s gone to ground and nothing’s happened, then it’s a dive and he should book him. He said ‘no, I didn’t think he dived and I didn’t think it was a penalty,’ so I don’t get it. 

On the missed chance in the second half…

Michael Timlin’s chance grazed the outside of the post, the ‘keeper was nowhere to be seen. People arriving in the penalty box, great cross and he got on the end of things, but he was at the end of his tether and he did everything he possibly could. 

And then his decision to invite the challenge when he went down was probably the wrong decision, he should have stayed on his feet and try to finish it off. Cox’s chance, the ‘keeper’s pulled off a wonderful save. 

At the end of the day, their ‘keeper is there to make saves, my ‘keeper is there to make saves. I know Paul very well and they’ll be delighted with four clean sheets this season. I would have been delighted with four clean sheets this season but we’ve only got one and that’s the reason why we didn’t win anything here. 

On turning his side’s form around…

It’s all getting closer, but not close enough for me. People say ‘you’re an unlucky manager at the moment,’ but that’s no good to me, unlucky managers get the sack. 

[We need] belief, confidence and to keep on doing the right things, keep on working the players on the training ground, keep on doing the things that I’ve done for the last 500 games as a manager and it’ll turn around. 

Let’s get some players out on the field of play that I know can win a game of football. It’s harsh at the moment, but I’m not bemoaning that. It is what it is and we’ve just got to put it right.

On the performances of Southend’s three youngsters…

You can’t say for one minute that Dru Yearwood and Elvis and Harry Kyprianou didn’t step up to the plate tonight; I thought they were magnificent. 

As far as I am concerned, they’re just starting to grow and it might be time to leave one or two of them out but at the same time, if I’m replacing them with experience then the experienced players have to step up to the plate. 

I haven’t got that choice at this moment in time, but I’m not going to bemoan the fact that I’ve got three young lads playing, I’m absolutely delighted and proud of the fact that I’ve got three young lads playing. 

They’ve stepped up to the plate tonight, every one of them, and not just that they’re playing against the league leaders. They’re [Shrewsbury] riding their luck and we’re not at the moment, that’s the only difference between the two teams. 

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