Date: 13th August 2015 at 4:49pm
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Manager Phil Brown has said he was left feeling ‘bitterly disappointed’ at full time in the Capital One Cup loss to Championship side Brighton.

A late injury time winner for the visitors at Roots Hall put us out of the competition for this year, and given the overall performance on the day from the side Brown felt it had been extremely harsh on the side.

Speaking to the Official Site following the narrow defeat, Brown explained.

‘We showed them too much respect early on. When it showed 30 minutes on the clock we started playing. In the second half it was almost one way traffic. The only thing that was missing was in the final third – putting the ball in the net. Myles Weston had the chance of the night and the ‘keeper saved. I’m disappointed. A cup run would have been great and it would have put a marker down saying we’ve beaten a Championship side. Brighton have gone through though and good luck to them.’

With plenty of positives on show for the gaffer though it really was a case of after the opening 30 minutes for him, the only thing that remained a disappointment was the fact we couldn’t score.

‘When you get the opportunities you need to score and then kill teams off. Noel did well and his partnership with Joe Pigott gave me food for thought. If we can put the ball in the net this system we’ll be okay. To come away from the game with nothing is bitterly disappointing. I’m disappointed for the players but we move on to Walsall on Saturday.’

Having mentioned Walsall, Anthony Wordsworth has given a mini preview about our opposition given the 26 year old played against them last season whilst on a loan spell with Crawley Town.

In his own interview he explained.

‘They’re a good team who try and play. I think they play three at the back now and have some dangerous strikers as well. We know it will be tough but we’re confident of getting a result at Roots Hall. We played really well on Tuesday, created chances and all that was missing was the goal.’

As for his own start to life at Southend following his arrival from Ipswich over the summer, he went on to say that he felt he was settling in well and he certainly had confidence in the boys to have a good season in League One.

‘It’s gone really good and I’m enjoying it. The lads are great and we’re a good team with some great characters who work hard and have quality as well.’

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