Getting To The Bottom Of What Went Wrong
It would be far too easy to say that Southend lost to Dagenham on Tuesday night because they scored fewer goals whilst conceding more wouldn't it!
Obviously, in the grand scheme of things, that is ultimately what happens when you lose but it's not as black and white as that is it there's usually a catalyst, or reason for whatever happens on the pitch and why it happens?
Phil Brown was left angry and frustrated following our Johnstone's Paint Trophy exit against Dagenham & Redbridge when we let a lead slip before suffering a 5-2 defeat...
We showed character to get back into the game, with two quick goals from Cauley Woodrow following his introduction from the bench, but then made too many errors to not only let Dagenham back in but allow them to battle us with Paul Smith guilty of a couple of these in goal.
Brown said: 'When we needed character and resilience we just didn't have any. I thought we actually edged the first half despite being behind and it all looked good when Cauley came on and got a couple of goals.
'After that we made some individual errors which I'm not going to moan about because they happen.
'However, I will be studying the recording of the game long and hard to get to the bottom of what went wrong.'
Speaking of Woodrow, it was a bittersweet night for him wasn't it!
What an impact he made with two goals within minutes of his half time arrival, he had admitted that it was indeed that "bittersweet" feeling for him but all being well that'll now put him on the goal trail and these can be added to his impressive showings of late.
As far as Smith goes, I don't think we'll be seeing him in goal any time soon! His errors cost goals, and saw sections of the crowd get on his back.
The boss took the blame for that though, while Smith might have made the errors Brown admits that a "rusty" Smith maybe shouldn't have been thrust into the fray on the night...