Obika and Ajose dou­ble up

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

AFU­RI­OUS Phil Brown kept his Southend United side locked in the dress­ing room for two hours fol­low­ing the Shrimpers’ de­feat at Swin­don Town.

The de­feat was Southend’s third in suc­ces­sion.

And Brown opted to make his feel­ings clear at the fi­nal whis­tle af­ter the Shrimpers let slip an early two-goal lead.

“We took our foot off the gas and I’ve been ask­ing why in there,” said the Southend boss.

“I got some an­swers and we will utilise them on the train­ing ground.

“We’ve got de­cent lads in there and they’re telling me they’re hurt­ing but they’re not hurt­ing as much as me.

“We weren’t at the races in the se­cond half, it’s poor de­fend­ing and Swin­don were the bet­ter team.

“Keep­ing the play­ers in like that is a high risk strat­egy and you run the risk of fall­ing out with peo­ple but that’s life.”

De­spite the de­feat, Southend are still eighth in League One.

And Brown is keen to see a re­sponse against Peter­bor­ough United next week­end.

“It’s a true test of char­ac­ter for us to re­spond now,” he added.

“The bot­tom line is we never looked com­fort­able in the se­cond half and I’m dis­ap­pointed for the fans.

“Our end emp­tied and it’s my fault

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