Brown focused on play-offs

Phil Brown was happy with the commitment his Southend player's showed in their 2-0 Johnstone's Paint Trophy loss to Crewe, but has now asked his players to shift their focus onto a play-off challenge.

Last Updated: 07/04/13 at 20:48 Post Comment

Phil Brown: Happy with his new side's performance despite loss

Phil Brown: Happy with his new side's performance despite loss

Phil Brown was managing Southend for only the third time having taken over from Paul Sturrock just two weeks ago but he failed to prevent the Essex outfit, backed by 31,000 supporters, from tasting defeat in their first-ever cup final at Wembley.

And now he wants the club's focus to shift fully on to their outside hopes of a play-off place in League Two.

"Certainly the effort and determination of the players was there to try and win the game, but that little bit of nous and little bit of quality as well as little bit of detail," Brown said.

"It was that attention to detail that was why we were one-nil down in the first half, and playing in the wrong areas in the second half was the reason we were two-nil down.

"But I can't fault them for trying to get something from the game.

"It was far from a 2-0 easy win."

Brown added: "I've said to the players after the game - nobody is feeling sorry for themselves, we don't have time for that - we've got five cup finals to come.

"The players still have one eye on promotion and rightly so - now we've got two eyes on it, this game is out of the way."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ot damn, does Arsene Know!

fackson
Arsenal confirm Sanchez signing

O

k, let me start it...Arsenal signed Alexis f***ing Sanchez! Is this Arsene's new transfer policy? Me likey.

poolshortsdown
Arsenal confirm Sanchez signing

A

stark contrast to Neymar's treatment at Barca his first year. He was brushed off to the flank and told to stay there. I thought it was a bit harsh from Martino to margianalize Neymar like that, but good grief, it's better than woshipping him like his national team does.

timbo
Brazil Team Over-Subscribed To Idea Of Neymar As Deity

Footer 365

Premier League: Manchester United preparations going well under Louis van Gaal and Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs is adamant new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is 'not scared about the challenge'.

Transfer news: Arsenal sign Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Chile forward Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona for a fee believed to be £35million.

World Cup: Louis van Gaal blasts third-place play-off

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal insists a World Cup third-place play-off "has got nothing to do whatsoever with sport."

Mail Box

Mails: It's Not Entertainment, It's Sport...

When did we start getting the idea that football was an entertainment business? It's about winning and winning alone. We also have some defences of Louis van Gaal...

Do England Need Scholes, Lineker Etc?

They've all got ideas about where things are going wrong, so why don't they step up and help? Plus, we have lots of fall-out from the dullness of Holland v Argentina...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property