Brown is fum­ing as Shrimpers pe­nalised

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Chris Phillips

SOUTHEND United man­ager Phil Brown could not hide his dis­ap­point­ment after a con­tro­verisal penalty stopped his side get­ting back to win­ning ways against Ox­ford at Roots Hall.

The Shrimpers looked set to end their four­match win­less streak when young mid­fielder Jack Payne put them ahead in the first half.

But Danny Hyl­ton’s 67th- minute spot-kick, which came after he was brought down by Luke Prosser, se­cured a point for the U’s.

But Southend boss Brown felt it should not have been given.

“Their lad has ad­mit­ted he hasn’t been touched and it’s just a very soft penalty,” said Brown.

“Ear­lier Jack Payne went down and if that had been given it would have been soft as well.

“If he had given that penalty and then given theirs I would’ve per­haps un­der­stood it a lit­tle bit more.

“I ques­tioned the decision and went to see the ref­eree at the end of the game. But I still think it was a great point be­cause Ox­ford were by far the bet­ter team in the sec­ond half.

“They got on the end of things more than us. They had noth­ing else to lose and got their tails up.

“It’s dis­ap­pointed not to have won but the bot­tom line is we got a point and it could’ve been noth­ing be­cause Daniel Bent­ley has had to make a cou­ple of great saves.”

Southend looked far brighter in the first half and took the lead in the 36th minute with Payne net­ting his third goal in two games.

The young mid­fielder was found inside the penalty area by Conor Clif­ford and drove an im­pres­sive low, right footed shot in to the bot­tom left hand cor­ner of the net.

Ox­ford hit back strongly with Hyl­ton hav­ing a well struck vol­ley smoth­ered by Shrimpers goal­keeper Daniel Bent­ley at the start of the sec­ond half.

Hyl­ton then had a curl­ing left foot im­pres­sively tipped over by the young Southend goal­keeper.

But Hyl­ton was not to be de­nied and he soon grabbed his sixth goal of the sea­son with a well-taken penalty that was dis­patched into the bot­tom left-hand cor­ner.

And Ox­ford man­ager Michael Ap­ple­ton was dis­ap­pointed his side did not go on to win the game.

“We were well on top in the sec­ond half and it’s frus­trat­ing not to have got the three points,” said Ap­ple­ton.

“I know I haven’t been in charge here for very long but that was the best 45 min­utes of foot­ball we’ve played since I’ve been man­ager.

“I thought it was a stonewall penalty as their lad has left his leg out and it’s dis­ap­point­ing just to have a got a draw.”

STAR MAN DANNY HYL­TON

Ox­ford

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