Date: 23rd December 2013 at 12:55pm
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Southend bounced back, sort of to the Torquay defeat, when they took on Rochdale on Friday evening. However we had to be content with a point.

Rochdale are likely to be there or thereabouts (all being well with us) at the end of the season and despite admitting it wasn’t the best we’d played this season Phil Brown feels that a draw was about the right result.

A gameplan was set out by Rochdale when they took us on and they stuck to this well, ensuring they went away from Roots Hall with a 1-1 draw.

Brown said: ‘It wasn’t our best performance and I know we can do better, but credit to Rochdale because they’re a good side and I think a draw was about right.

‘Both of the teams could have won it out there, but our point was down to two key moments.

‘We worked hard, but Rochdale are a good team. They work hard like ourselves and they came here with a gameplan which made it difficult for us.’

Dale had taken the lead through Jamie Allen but Kevan Hurst, who’s really in form at the moment, scored again to make sure that we went into Christmas with a good point under our belts and not a second successive defeat.

Luke Prosser did block another effort off the line from the visitors with the defender, and Hurst, coming in for special mention from Brown.

He added: ‘First of all Luke Prosser did very well indeed to block the efforts on the line and then Kevan popped up with another moment of magic to get a goal.

‘He’s doing that quite regularly for us at the moment and it was a great to see that go in, but I didn’t feel as though we ever got on a real roll.’

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