BASICALLY, I’M UPSET SAYS PHIL
SOUTHEND boss Phil Brown branded his promotion-seekers naïve after their ten-game unbeaten run was halted by improving Accrington.
Goals from Piero Mingoia and Terry Gornell put a dent in Southend’s bid for a top-three finish as Accrington became the first side to score at Roots Hall since Bury in October last year.
Barry Corr’s late goal for the hosts proved no more than a consolation effort for Brown’s men.
Brown said: “It was just purely down to knowledge more than anything else.That little bit of nous at League Two level. We looked naïve in terms of defending today.
“I’m disappointed that we didn't have the nous to beat a competitive Accrington Stanley side.
“It’s not back to the drawing board, but just a case of getting back to basics in terms of defending.
“A long-throw is quite a basic thing to defend, and then when the second one goes in we’ve got a bit of a mountain to climb.”
Southend striker Joe Pigott had the best chance of the first half after capitalising on a poor backpass and racing through on goal, but was hampered by a heavy touch and the chance went begging.
Home defender Ryan Leonard was called into action shortly afterwards when he had to clear the ball off the line after a Josh Windass corner saw Stanley captain Luke Joyce unleash a fiercely struck volley that Leonard did well to deal with.
Southend goalkeeper Ted Smith’s hopes he would keep a clean sheet on his senior debut were dashed after Mingoia latched onto a wayward header from Adam Thompson, finishing with a cushioned volley that gave Smith no chance.
Thompson then had a chance to level the scores, but glanced wide of goal after finding himself unmarked on the edge of the sixyard box when he really should have hit the target.
With 20 minutes remaining, Gornell doubled the advantage for the visitors when he raced clear of the Southend before chipping the ball over the onrushing Smith.
Southend responded immediately, with substitutes Corr and David Worrall combining to pull one back for the Shrimpers just two minutes later, as Corr rose highest to nod in Worrall’s cross at the far-post.
Accrington have now beaten high-flying Plymouth and Southend in the space of a week after going seven games without a win.
Manager John Coleman said: “We know there’s been games where we’ve let ourselves down in that run of consecutive defeats, but there’s also some good performances in there.
“Southend are a good side, and we managed to see it through. I fully expect to see them in League One next season.
“The disappointing thing for us is that we conceded when we did.
“If we could have kept it at 2-0 for five or ten more minutes, Southend have to get a little bit more gung-ho, a little bit more cavalier, and we could’ve countered and scored again.”
GETTING A LIFT: Terry Gornell celebrates his goal for Accrington Inset: Barry Corr heads home