Date: 14th September 2015 at 8:41pm
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Manager Phil Brown has said that nobody comes out of the one nil loss at the weekend to Shrewsbury Town with any credit for their performance.

Southend 0-1 Shrewsbury & Highlights

With Nathaniel Knight-Percival’s second half header being enough to separate the sides come the full time whistle, a deeply unhappy and disappointed Phil Brown told the Official Site in his after match press conference that we just didn’t get going in the game, and nobody put on a performance that gave them credit.

‘They came to do a job for us and they did just that. I want players to come and step up to the plate this season but the performance was very poor. I want players to play without fear, express themselves and have that belief, because I believe in them. Tactically teams are aware of what we’re about. Micky Mellon has brought his side here and has scored with a set piece. If you look at the statistics we had one shot on goal, they had more attempts in the penalty area and in the main were better than us.’

Brown went on to say that it was hugely frustrating because for the first five minutes of the second half we started brilliantly and really looked like we would kick on and make up for a lacklustre first half, but it didn’t last long enough and we soon slipped off again.

‘We started the first five minutes of the second half a lot better but it wasn’t good enough. I take full responsibility for the tactics and the team selection. You want the subs to have an impact and they didn’t. In fact I don’t think anybody came out of the game with any pride for the shirt. It’s been a difficult day for me as a manager and the supporters. I could mention every player today. It’s a big seven days ahead for us. We have them in tomorrow after a shocking performance.’

In his own interview Noel Hunt echoed the words of the gaffer and aired his own displeasure with the performance that he knows was very unlike us.

‘We’re all a bit baffled and we’ve had a little meeting about it. It wasn’t good enough. We lacked energy and spark today. Normally you get away with things if one or two players are off form but we all weren’t good enough today. We never really got in the game today to give ourselves a chance. We’ll go over what happened tomorrow, but I think the only one to come out with the marks is Bents in goal after a few great saves at the end.’

With a game against Millwall next up for us, Hunt went on to say that clearly we have to be a lot better than we were to get all three points off them, as after a struggled start to the season, they have found some rhythm of late it seems.

‘It’s a big game next week against Millwall and we need to perform better and get back at it. We can’t get away with those sort of performances and expect to keep the jersey. Last week we were up in the skies and today we’re down in the dumps.’

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