Southend United manager Phil Brown: Lack of resilience was to blame for JPT defeat to Dagenham (From Echo)
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Southend United manager Phil Brown: Lack of resilience was to blame for JPT defeat to Dagenham
BLUES boss Phil Brown felt a lack of resilience was to blame for his side’s humiliating Johnstone’s Paint Trophy exit at the hands of Dagenham & Redbridge.
The Shrimpers, who reached the final of last season’s competition, were thrashed 5-2 by the Daggers at Roots Hall on Tuesday evening after conceding four goals in the space of seven mad seven half minutes.
And the defeat left Brown again questioning the character of his team.
“It was a disappointing night and when we needed some character and resilience we just didn’t see any,” said the Shrimpers chief.
“I actually thought we edged the first half and everything was good until the final third of the pitch which was why we brought on Cauley Woodrow for Craig Reid at the break.
“Cauley then got a couple of goals, which was a big plus point on the night, but we gave away some bad goals in a short space of time during a crazy few minutes of football.”
However, Brown was keen not to criticise individual members of his team, despite some bad errors being made in defence.
And he also leapt to the defence of under fire goalkeeper Paul Smith who was barracked by his own supporters after making two bad mistakes in his first start of the season between the sticks.
“Individual errors were to blame for some of the goals but I’m not going to moan about them because they happen at this level of the game,” said the former Hull City boss.
“Paul made his first start in some time and I do think he showed signs of being rusty.
“But I’ll take the blame for that with my selection of him “ Despite those errors and a disappointing evening, Brown was keen to look at the bright spots in his team’s display.
“It was a bad result but there were still positives to reflect on,” said Brown.
“I’ve already mentioned Cauley but I thought Jack Payne again showed his youthful enthusiasm along with Conor Clifford.
“I also think the system we used suits us, especially in midfield, but we know we have to improve for Saturday’s game at Burton.