Mixed emotions from Brown after Blues draw

Southend United v Wrexham – Vanarama National League – Roots Hall Stadium – Reaction

Southend United 2-2 Wrexham

Not the outcome the Blues boss would have wanted, but as far as spirit, enthusiasm and effort there wasn’t too much wrong with Southend United during this barnstorming Vanarama National League clash with much-fancied Wrexham at Roots Hall Stadium.

Of course, Phil Brown was gutted to see his side squander a two-goal advantage. Sam Dalby and Rhys Murphy doing the damage either side of the interval. But despite Wrexham hitting back through Jamie Record and Angus Dior, Southend stuck to their task against a very impressive side.

“It was a battle and I’ve got to say I love games like that,” Brown enthused

“You can’t help but love games like that. You get two teams who are genuinely going after each other, and to get 2-0 up and to just get a point of the game is a disappointment for us.”

Brown continued: “We always knew they were a threat all the way through the game and I the key moment in the game when was Nathan Ralph came off. He got a little bit of blindness in the corner of his eye, and he couldn’t see out of the corner of his eye, so defending was going to be a bit of a hazard.

“It certainly weakened our defence and it lost the balance in our team.”

Brown was pleased to see both Dalby and Murphy amongst the goals: “If Sam scores one goal a game like the way he did he’ll be a find. It was a fantastic goal.

“At the end of the day – selfish – they’re individuals. They want to get on the scoresheet in 1-0 wins and but get on the scoresheet and win the game for the team because they both realise that’s their job, which is a refreshing part of the game.

“I think they’re both different in terms of the way they play which is something I like. One’s a big hold-up player that’s got quite a talented left foot; one’s a jack-in-the-box that comes alive in between lines and in the penalty box.

“I’m delighted they both got on the scoresheet but I’m disappointed that we’ve not won the game.”

Blues certainly stepped up to the plate after Brown had heavily criticised them following their Bank Holiday draw at Wealdstone: “We’ve got to show the spirit that we’ve shown today and show that belief in each other. The trust in each other was there for me to see and everybody to see.

“The way we passed the ball in the first-half was a joy to watch. It was a pleasure watching Jack Bridge exposing them down the left side and all in all it was a good, solid team performance but to come away with a point when we were 2-0 up is disappointing to me.

“It was a great advert for the league. If you’re about the quality of the football, there was plenty there for everybody to see, but both teams showed a spirit that both managers and sets of supporters should be proud of.”

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Brian Jeeves

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