Phil Brown empathised with the Blues fans who voiced their frustrations at the end of Blues’ 2-0 defeat to Solihull Moors this afternoon at the SportNation.Bet Stadium.
The Moors opened the scoring midway through the first-half when Shaun Hobson put Joe Sbarra’s cross into his own net. In the second-half, Jason Demetriou gave away a penalty which was dispatched by James Ball to seal the win.
Defeat for Southend was their fourth in a row and left them in the National League relegation zone, and following the full-time whistle in the West Midlands, Brown gave us his thoughts on the defeat.
Brown said: “I thought from the start we looked composed and we looked like the system was working. I thought every player was in the right position – round pegs in round holes – and the first and only opportunity they get in the first-half it’s in the back of our net. That’s the tale of our season so far.
“We’ve got to put a stop to it. It’s about the mentality of the group and the mentality of the management. I got accused by one or two supporters today of blaming the players – I’m not blaming the players, I thought they were brilliant today.”
Southend had once again been backed by superb travelling support, with 513 making the journey to Solihull this afternoon despite awful weather conditions.
But those fans were not afraid to voice their anger after Blues went 2-0 down.
“The fans that are having a go at Ron Martin all the time saying they want him out, you look at that situation and yes they want to vent their angst against whoever. They have a right to do that, 100%.
“We probably had a third of the crowd travel and I don’t question their support at all. They have every right to call people out and I’m here to stand and try and defend why and who they are calling out.
“Do I feel for the chairman? Absolutely. He’s ploughed his money in, he’s done his business over the last 20-odd years to try and keep this club afloat and get it into the Championship last time I was here, but now we’re facing oblivion and we’ve got to put it right on Tuesday.”
This Tuesday, Eastleigh are the visitors to Roots Hall, with the visit of one of the promotion favourites Chesterfield to come shortly after.
And after successive defeats now to Solihull, Torquay, Aldershot and FC Halifax, Brown understood that there would be questions asked about his position as Blues boss going into those next two games.
“I’m not daft. I have a simple outlook in life and that’s if you win games of football you stay in work, and we’ve lost four on the bounce now.
“It doesn’t matter what club you’re at, who the manager is or what your history is, it doesn’t matter. In the world of football, if you’re not winning games, it’ll cost you your job.
“The beauty of this division, if you want to call it that because it is ugly at times, is that you can bring players in.
“I’ve said before this week is massive. I flippantly made reference to [Chelsea boss] Thomas Tuchel being under pressure because he’s lost two on the bounce, but that’s the nature of the game that we’re in. I know having lost four on the bounce that my head is on the block.”