Lack of goals has Brown in a funk

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

SOUTHEND United man­ager Phil Brown ad­mit­ted his side’s fail­ure to fin­ish was start­ing to be­come a prob­lem fol­low­ing de­feat to Swin­don Town at Roots Hall.

Jack Payne and Noel Hunt missed chances for the Shrimpers be­fore Fa­bien Robert fired home for the third time in three matches to se­cure the points for the Robins.

That ex­tended Southend’s win­less streak to five games at the start of the sea­son.

But it is the lack of goals caus­ing man­ager Brown most con­cern.

“We’re go­ing to have to ad­dress the goalscor­ing sit­u­a­tion be­cause we’ve only got one goal in five games now,” he said.

“I couldn’t have asked any more of the play­ers and we did ev­ery­thing apart from stick the ball in the back of the net.

“We came up against one of the best teams in the di­vi­sion from last sea­son and we nar­rowed them down to huff and puff, re­ally.

“There was a lot of graft, in­dus­tri­ous and good play but we’re miss­ing the fi­nal piece of the jig­saw, which is a goalscorer.

“We’re still in the mar­ket for one to come in along­side Noel who made the best chance of the game for Jack.

“You can also hand us all the plau­dits you like for play­ing well but we’ve lost the game.”

Swin­don came clos­est to scor­ing in the first half with Nathan Byrne hav­ing a 20-yard shot par­ried to safety by Daniel Bent­ley.

But, af­ter the break, Shrimpers midfielder Payne fired wide of the left post from 12 yards be­fore Hunt failed to con­vert Ben Coker’s left-wing cross from close range.

Swin­don made the most of the let-offs by scor­ing the only goal of the game, with Robert again on tar­get.

The in-form French­man raced in be­hind Coker to col­lect Byrne’s through ball and fire in.

How­ever, Southend still came close to grab­bing a point with sub­sti­tutes Myles We­ston and Joe Pig­ott both be­ing de­nied by Swin­don goal­keeper Lawrence Vigouroux.

And Robins boss Mark Cooper ad­mit­ted his side were for­tu­nate to win. “We played as badly as that but we’ve still kept a clean sheet and won 1-0,” he said.

“It just shows you that you have to take these bits of for­tune when they come your way.

“We got a bit of bad luck the other night against Port Vale but it’s evened it­self up here.

“We haven’t ground out too many re­sults since I’ve been here but we have here and Southend can con­sider them­selves ex­tremely un­for­tu­nate not to have taken any­thing from the game.

“We’ll take it though be­cause we should have won the other night and we didn’t.”

STAR MAN LAWRE

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