Phil Brown: We played well enough in the first half, but we just didn’t reach the heights with the ball in the second

Southend United 1-1 Shrewsbury Town – Reaction

Brian Jeeves reporting from Roots Hall Stadium

Turning the clock back to October 29, 2016, and a frustrating afternoon for Phil Brown and the Blues against struggling Shrewsbury Town at Roots Hall Stadium…

SOUTHEND United manager, Phil Brown, was left slightly frustrated after his side were held by bottom of the table Shrewsbury Town at Roots Hall Stadium.

Speaking after the Shropshire side earned a 1-1 draw with Brown’s side, the Blues chief said: “It sounds a little bit arrogant if you say that you expect to win the game. But with the season Shrewsbury have had so far – disarray – new manager coming in etc – Micky Mellon (former manager) moved more than a month ago – you hope that you’re going to catch them at the right time. But then the change of management, change of style of play, change of formation, there’s lots of things you have to compete against.

“But the bottom line is that I think the last three games my team have been very good with the ball. We’ve got a new mentality, a clean sheet mentality. The lad El-Abd will probably not score a goal like that again, a half volley from twenty-five yards out and it goes in the top corner. Good luck to them.”

Brown continued: “I thought the key to winning the game was scoring the first goal to tell you the truth. Why the referee has not given us a penalty I’ll never know. I’ve just looked at it five times. It’s a blatant penalty, it’s the same lad El-Abd, he’s spilt Marc-Antoine Fortune over in the six-yard box. 

“If we go a goal up then they are under a lot of pressure. But they go a goal up and they’ve got something to hang their hats on. If you looked at the style of play after that, I thought some of them joined the party, so it was difficult to get that goal back. 

“We played well enough in the first half, but we just didn’t reach the heights with the ball in the second.”   

Blues goalscorer, Stephen McLaughlin, said: “Of course it’s frustrating drawing 1-1 at home. But you’ve got to think that they’ve just got a new manager, obviously, they are going to be in high spirits and are trying to impress him. 

“They obviously came here for a point, which they got. We are frustrated. The goal they scored was enough to win any game, it was a well-taken goal. Other than that they didn’t threaten us at all. I thought that we bossed the game, but in the final third we could have been more creative.” 

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