Date: 26th August 2015 at 4:58pm
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Manager Phil Brown has said he feels we are a striker short of completing the jigsaw at Southend following the narrow loss last weekend to Swindon.

Speaking to the Official Site as the dust settled on the narrow loss, Brown said he was very disappointed with the final result because he felt we deserved at least something from the match as all that was missing from the performance was a goal of our own.

‘Scoring goals is the key part of the game and the most important one. We came up against one of the strongest teams in the division and a team that scored nine in four before coming here today. We executed the game plan 99% today, with the 1% – putting the ball in the net – missing. We need to bring in a goalscorer and complete the jigsaw. We’re in the market for a striker.’

Brown went on to say that he felt Noel Hunt did well on the day being ‘industrious’ and showing good amounts of ‘guile’ and he was pleased with the chances we created, and he knows Jack Payne probably had the best of the lot, but it was just putting past the keeper we struggled with.

‘If we play like we did today, we’ll win more games than we’ll lose this season.’

Ahead of the game, the club did announce the loan capture of Burnley’s Luke O’Neill and the 24 year old defender had moved to us for a month, returning following an injury interrupted one game spell back in January 2014.

Having been handed the No 24 shirt for his stay with us, he was an unused substitute in the game, but Brown has since revealed that whilst it is a loan spell, it could well be turned into a permanent deal before the end of the transfer window.

‘Burnley had a bit of business yesterday and we had to wait until today to get an emergency loan sorted out, but the move can be made a permanent one where Luke’s concerned.’

Going back to Swindon though, Luke Prosser has also now given an interview where he talked about the disappointment that the players felt following the result.

‘We’re all really disappointed. We had the chances and they went up the other end, scored and won 1-0. The ball’s just not dropping for us. The biggest difference this year in this league is the finishing. Two lefties is very rare and I think it’s only the third or fourth time I’ve played on the right hand side of the two. We had good chances, and a positive is that we are creating opportunities. We can’t let our heads drop and we have to keep going. It’s a massive game next week and will be looking to get those three points.’

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