Southend United manager Phil Brown hits out at referee Brendan Malone following defeat at Plymouth Argyle

Phil Brown - angry with referee Brendan Malone following his side's 2-0 defeat at Plymouth Argyle

Phil Brown - angry with referee Brendan Malone following his side's 2-0 defeat at Plymouth Argyle

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SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown hit out at referee Brendan Malone following his side's 2-0 defeat at Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.

Brown had no complaints about Cian Bolger's early red card.

But the Blues boss was adamant his side should have been awarded a penalty when Adam Thompson went down in the box.

And he also felt Plymouth centre-back Peter Hartley should have been sent off towards the end of the game.

“We went out there to win the game but it was hindered and hampered by somebody else today,” fumed Brown.

“(Marvin) Morgan actually turned round to the players and said he fouled Adam Thompson, the referee also put the whistle in his mouth to give it and I just don't know what's stopping him doing so.

“The linesman gave it but the referee didn't and there should have been a second yellow card for Hartley late on as well.

“He booked a different player and it completely bewildered me how he managed to officiate the game the way he did.”

Blues fought hard against the Pilgrims but were reduced to 10 men after just 15 minutes when Bolger was dismissed for two fouls on Morgan.

The centre-back was unable to deal with the pace of the Plymouth striker.

And Brown did think about substituting the struggling defender before his dismissal.

“I went across to the supporters at the end of the game and they asked why didn't I take him off which is a fair point,” said the Shrimpers chief.

“But, after the second infringement which he got away with, I did think about taking him off but the third one happened so quickly afterwards.

a“Cian's now got to learn the hard way that this is a physical league and he's got to be able to stand up to that.”

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Blues were still on top in the first half.

Plymouth hit back after the break with goals from Lewis Alessandra and Reuben Reid securing them all three points.

But Brown was still delighted by his side's display and he felt they would have collected all three points if Bolger had not been sent off.

“I was proud of the performance,” stressed the Shrimpers boss.

“The lads really dug in and we would've won if it was 11 against 11. We had young lads out there working hard and wearing the shirt with pride.

“We caused them problems but didn't create many chances.

“We were working towards set pieces and we got four or five but we weren't able to work their goalkeeper and their goal just after half-time killed us.

“But we need to put this behind now and look forward to the next game.”

.>CIAN Bolger will miss tomorrow night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash at AFC Wimbledon with a one match ban following his red card at Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.

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4:01pm Mon 1 Sep 14

TheEssexWay says...

It's no good blaming the ref Brown, we need a good sort out and Jack Payne is certainly not the answer as seen in an earlier story. He may have scored 2 goals in the development squad but that is not league football where he can't hit a barn door from 20 paces! Shocking defending for the second goal, you would have thought that someone would be picking up Plymouth's consistent scorer Ruben Reid, when he scored the second goal there was no defender anywhere near marking him, he had a clear header from the cross. We had the same problem last season until Egan & Sokolik came in, leaking goals and is it just a coincidence that Prosser was in the side when it was happening, as he is again now? What has happened to Mads Ibenfeldt? he hasn't had a look-in since he joined and looked useful in the pre season games in which he played, certainly better than Prosser!
It's no good blaming the ref Brown, we need a good sort out and Jack Payne is certainly not the answer as seen in an earlier story. He may have scored 2 goals in the development squad but that is not league football where he can't hit a barn door from 20 paces! Shocking defending for the second goal, you would have thought that someone would be picking up Plymouth's consistent scorer Ruben Reid, when he scored the second goal there was no defender anywhere near marking him, he had a clear header from the cross. We had the same problem last season until Egan & Sokolik came in, leaking goals and is it just a coincidence that Prosser was in the side when it was happening, as he is again now? What has happened to Mads Ibenfeldt? he hasn't had a look-in since he joined and looked useful in the pre season games in which he played, certainly better than Prosser! TheEssexWay
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3:40pm Wed 3 Sep 14

TheEssexWay says...

In response to my last post! What do I know? Jack Payne comes in and scores 2 goals! Doh! Oh well, I stand corrected, perhaps we need 10 Jack Paynes then? Coulthirst by the way looks awful!
In response to my last post! What do I know? Jack Payne comes in and scores 2 goals! Doh! Oh well, I stand corrected, perhaps we need 10 Jack Paynes then? Coulthirst by the way looks awful! TheEssexWay
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