Brown's Pride & Delight
Manager Phil Brown couldn't have been more proud or delighted with the efforts of the players today in the FA Cup fourth round clash against Premiership Hull City.
Southend lost the game two nil, and whilst Hull certainly had the better possession and the better chances, they only got their noses in front during the second half, so there are a hell of a lot of positives that we can take from the game and take into our low key promotion push in league two.
Speaking to the Official Site following the game, Brown obviously would've liked to have progressed through to the fifth round and got one over on his old club, but a run in the Cup to the fourth round, with the performances we have put in, isn't to be sniffed at and he was delighted with the efforts of the players on the day, but he does rue two moments in particular that went against us.
'I couldn't be more proud of my players today because they gave it everything, as they always do. I couldn't ask for more. Hull showed their class in the end, especially in the final third and that proved to be the difference.'
Brown goes on to say that over the 90 minutes the ball just didn't fall for us in the box especially, and when you are playing a side with the experience and the players that Hull boast, you need the ball to fall for you and you need that bit of luck...but the fact it didn't is not a reflection on the players and their efforts.
'We had two big chances in the game, and if either of those had gone in it could've been a different story. Steve Harper pulled off a top save to keep out Barry Corr and then Michael Timlin went so close to scoring. If that had gone in, then we would've been able to sit back and soak up the pressure with a lead. It wasn't to be, but I'm pleased for the players. They gave a good account of themselves.'
Brown admits that ultimately when Hull did get their noses in front, it meant Southend had to chase the game a little more and risk a bit more to get back on level terms, and as does often happen in football, when you try and get back into a match from a losing position, you leave yourself open and the leading side can take advantage of that, and that proved true today...but again he would much rather us have gone for it and lost two nil, rather than shut up shop and lose one nil. We gave it everything, and we perform like that and put the effort in like that against lessor quality teams, and we will come out with the win more often than not, and that's the positive for him especially.
Dagenham up next in the league, and Brown will no doubt be telling the players to focus whatever disappointment they have from today on them, and even though he feels a draw today would've been a fairer result on reflection, would it be a lie to say he now wants us to hammer Dagenham to put this behind us?