Brown comes up against familiar failings from Blues

Southend United 0-0 Crawley Town – Reaction

It was honest and a little more expansive, but ultimately Phil Brown witnessed first-hand the toothless nature of the squad he has inherited as the Blues failed to break down out of form Crawley Town at Roots Hall Stadium.

Southend are without a home win since January 9 and haven’t found the net on their own patch since January 26. Blues huffed, puffed and hit the foot of an upright through Nathan Ferguson, but ultimately, they came up short, missing a glorious opportunity to close the gap in the process.

“I was disappointed in the quality of the game, but I’ve got to take the conditions into consideration,” Brown explained.

“I can’t just blame two teams going at each other, which they were. Two sides were going at each other, battling for every inch, fighting for every cause, fighting for every challenge, but that quality eluded both sides.

“There were moments for both teams. We could have won it but we could have lost it as well. Ok, it is a point at the start of my journey, but the clean sheet is something I can build on and I’ve always done that, I’ve always felt I could build on a clean sheet.

“But if I look at the finishing eleven and the average age of the finishing eleven, it’s maybe something to work with for sure, but I’ve got to get those senior pros that we’ve got at this football club out of the treatment room and see if they can go on that field of play, cross the white line and help the kids.”

Brown insisted Southend have it within them to avoid the drop, adding: “I think so.

“There’s enough spirit for sure, there’s enough quality, it’s just the style of play that we’ve got to transform.

“The previous incumbent – I’ve got no disrespect for them whatsoever – had a style of play that was completely foreign to me.”

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