Last-gasp Lee leaves Brown in foul mood

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Liam Cole­man

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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