Come­back kings still dream­ing, says Phil

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Jon Palmer To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

PHIL BROWN de­scribed his side’s come­back win at Chel­tenham as sea­son defin­ing for play-off hope­fuls Southend.

Sec­ond-half goals from sub­sti­tute Barry Corr and Ke­van Hurst saw the Shrimpers storm back af­ter By­ron Har­ri­son had opened the scor­ing at the end of the first half.

“We had nu­mer­ous chances in the first half with Ke­van’s qual­ity on the right, but it wasn’t quite fall­ing for us,” Brown said.

“The way we con­ceded be­fore half-time was the most dis­ap­point­ing thing and some harsh words were said, but I didn’t feel the play­ers re­ally de­served it as it was a de­cent per­for­mance.

“But at 1-0 down, it’s a de­fin­i­tive mo­ment in the sea­son and we knew we had 45 min­utes to keep this sea­son alive.

“We made two sub­sti­tu­tions from a strong bench, try­ing to be pos­i­tive with a 4-2-4 for­ma­tion and two great goals got us the win.We grabbed hold of the game af­ter that.”

Chel­tenham boss Mark Yates ad­mit­ted he can­not wait for the sea­son to fin­ish as his mid-ta­ble side al­lowed yet an­other lead to slip away.

Yates was par­tic­u­larly up­set with the de­fend­ing for Southend’s goals, which ar­rived in the 64th and 67th min­utes.

“We took David No­ble off with an in­jury and went to pieces and it’s not down to or­gan­i­sa­tion, it’s about hav­ing steel and stand­ing up to things and we’ve not done that,” Yates said.

“Southend went di­rect, put balls in the box and we buck­led. Scotty (Brown) made a great save, but we stopped do­ing our jobs for 10 min­utes and that was pa­thetic from the play­ers – I am re­ally an­gry about that.

“In the first half we were the bet­ter side, but los­ing David was a blow and we started do­ing the ba­sics wrong as a team.

“Maybe it’s time to give one or two kids a game, but I can’t wait for the sea­son to end and we have five games to get some points and we are play­ing for pride now. There were not enough lead­ers out there for us.”

Brown de­nied Hurst in the 16th minute be­fore a loop­ing header from Lee Barnard cleared the bar by inches, but Chel­tenham scored in the fi­nal minute of the open­ing pe­riod.

Jer­maine McGlashan was tack­led on the edge of the box and the ball fell for Har­ri­son, who smashed in his 14th goal of the sea­son.

But the in­tro­duc­tion of Corr had an im­pact when he slot­ted a shot into the bot­tom right cor­ner.

Three min­utes later Hurst was al­lowed to stride through and af­ter a heavy touch, he was still able to beat Brown and score.

STAR MAN KE­VAN HURST Southe

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