Last-gasp Lee leaves Brown in foul mood
PHIL Brown was left fuming after being denied what he felt was a stonewall penalty, with Lee Novak rubbing salt in the wounds with a late winner for Chesterfield.
The play-off chasing Shrimpers should have been ahead within a minute when David Worrall hit the post, but it was Novak’s ninth in 11 games that stunned the Seasiders.
Moments before Novak hit the winner, David Mooney was brought down inside the Chesterfield area and manager Brown was adamant it should have been a spotkick.
He said:“I’ve just watched the replay back of the penalty and it is a no-brainer for me.
“It was all about the first goal, Danny Wilson hasn’t come here to entertain and to play, he has come here for a reason and they came to get a point or all three.
“You can see that in the way that they’ve set up leaving (Sylvain) EbanksBlake on the bench but they have got away with it and in the end they’ve nicked all three points.
“As far as I am concerned the play-offs are a thing of the past, we concentrate on winning the next game, it is as simple as that.”
Southend should have taken the lead when a Worrall flicked header in the opening minute came off the upright and fell back to the former Rotherham man who fired straight into the gloves of Tommy Lee.
The visiting Spireites came close with longrange efforts from Ollie Banks and Declan John, but in the end both fired high, wide and not at all handsomely.
Ben Coker and Jack Payne played a clever short corner a minute into the second half, and the former Gills man drove into the area before pulling his shot wide.
On the hour mark Tyrone Barnett headed a golden opportunity straight into the gloves of Lee. Then on 84 minutes top scorer Mooney was brought down and penalty shouts echoed around Roots Hall, but referee Darren Drysdale waved away any appeals.
Chesterfield left it late, and man of the match Banks slotted in Novak for his 14th of the season to grab all three points.
Chesterfield moved six points clear of the drop zone and manager Wilson was understandably delighted. He said: “Of course it was a bonus to get the late winner but the least we deserved was a draw, we counter attacked well and were clinical in the final third.
“I think that we showed great positivity and we wanted to show that we could get forward and attack and three points at this stage of the season is massive.
“Overall I thought that our whole performance was very, very strong.”
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