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Reaction: Brown on Northampton defeat

6 January 2018

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Phil Brown’s reaction was “one of despair” as he watched his Blues side suffer another defeat on the road as they lost 3-1 to Northampton Town at Sixfields.

Jason Demetriou’s penalty briefly brought Southend level after John-Joe O’Toole had given the home side the lead before goals from Matt Grimes and Alex Revell secured the win for the Cobblers.

After the game, the Blues boss gave us his thoughts on the game, discussed what needs to change and talked about replacing Ryan Leonard and Nile Ranger.

On the defeat to Northampton…

My reaction is one of despair. It was a good game first-half, we were well involved in a battle which we expected it to be, but strange decisions and silly mistakes by our defenders have cost us in the second-half.

We didn’t clear our lines when we should have done and consequently, the first foul wasn’t given but the second was a penalty and puts us on the back foot and you’re fighting for your lives again.

It wasn’t just level pegging [in the first half], it was a good performance away from home. We played them at their own game, we battled against them, we went up in their faces. Within five minutes of the second half, we’ve given a stupid penalty away and we’re getting punished.

Today we had a strong foothold in the game at half-time and Northampton were on the backfoot. Second half when they got their noses in front they had something to hold onto, they slowed the game down and consequently, they got themselves a comfortable 3-1 victory in the end.

On arresting Blues’ poor form…

At 2-1 it was still fairly tight. They had a great chance but we had a couple of good opportunities as well, we’re just not riding our luck at the moment. We’re not learning from our past mistakes, we’re not learning how to win games, learning how to get something from the game.

Pressure mounts, of course it does, the more you go without a win. If we go back to the way we played against Charlton at Roots Hall and revisit that as a collective, not as an individual, then we’ll be ok.

I would say [to the fans] stick with it. There’s plenty of time to go, plenty of games to go and the January transfer window is still open.

With a bit of wheeling and dealing and with the right kind of person, the right kind of mentality coming into the camp then it gets us out of this situation.

On replacing Ryan Leonard and Nile Ranger…

I wouldn’t have advocated sacking Nile Ranger if I thought I was going to miss him. If you look at Nile’s statistics, he scored 10 goals in 50 games – one in five as a striker.

Yeah, Individual brilliance at times was something to be admired, but we were losing games with Nile Ranger. If I can bring somebody in to replace Nile then all well and good.

Ryan Leonard, is he replaceable? He has to be. I’ve got three or four central midfield players that I’m talking to and if we can bring them in as soon as we possibly can so we can address the Fleetwood game, the sooner the better for me. 

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