PHIL SEES RED YET AGAIN

Shrimpers boss fac­ing a long ban as troops draw

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

PHIL BROWN is fac­ing a lengthy ban af­ter be­ing sent to the stands for aim­ing a foul-mouthed vol­ley at fourth of­fi­cial Mark Hey­wood.

The Shrimpers boss – hot favourite for the Bolton job be­fore be­ing over­looked in favour of Phil Parkin­son – was furious at what he saw as pref­er­en­tial treat­ment for the home side.

And af­ter goals from Harry Kypri­anou and Keshi An­der­son set­tled a rain-sod­den con­test, the 57-year-old’s frus­tra­tion bub­bled over.

Sent off in last sea­son’s penul­ti­mate match at Bury, Brown claims he was threat­ened with a ten-game touch­line ban only for LMA in­ter­ven­tion to re­duce the sanc­tion to four.

Hav­ing re­turned to the dugout only last week, this lat­est out­burst is likely to prompt a heavy-handed re­sponse from the FA – not that a seething Brown was in any mood for dam­age lim­i­ta­tion.

“Phil had the ref­eree be­hind closed doors at half-time,” ex­plained the Southend man­ager, a for­mer Bolton player who spent sev­eral years as as­sis­tant to Sam Al­lardyce at the Macron. “And some of the words that were com­ing out of his mouth...well, if that had been me, I don’t think I’d have been on the touch­line for the sec­ond half.

“Af­ter that, the ref­eree changed his at­ti­tude to­wards us. I’m not a con­spir­acy the­o­rist by any stretch of the imag­i­na­tion, but it felt like there were dif­fer­ent rules for both teams.

“Take the towel is­sue. Be­cause I was get­ting the ball and ask­ing for it to be cleaned, I was rep­ri­manded for leav­ing my box. Yet if you look at their bench, they were just as bad.

“We had a three on three, our lad gets fouled and noth­ing is given. Se­conds later, they put a ball in our box. Three min­utes go up and the ref plays five. Come on, do me a favour.

“What will hap­pen now? I don’t know. But I will de­fend my­self ro­bustly.”

Brown’s show-steal­ing cameo aside, this was a tale of daz­zling de­buts. Hav­ing marked his pro­fes­sional bow with a goal against Brighton in mid­week, Kypri­anou made it two in two when he met John White’s third-minute cross

with a thun­der­ous vol­ley into the top cor­ner.

An­der­son was mak­ing his first start since break­ing a leg while play­ing for Don­caster last sea­son. His goal – a brave leap with the keeper – was the least Bolton de­served for a per­for­mance of al­most to­tal dom­i­na­tion.

The Trot­ters notched 23 at­tempts on goal and 63 per cent pos­ses­sion in a vain bid to main­tain their 100 per cent home record. David Wheater saw a header blocked by his own man, Jay Spear­ing – in­spi­ra­tional for his side – shot wide, and Liam Trot­ter forced a save from the shaky Ted Smith.

Du­bi­ous chal­lenges in the box on Mark Beev­ers and Gary Ma­dine also went un­pun­ished by ref­eree Se­bastien Stock­bridge, leav­ing Parkin­son with gripes of his own.

“I’m be­gin­ning to get a bit con­cerned about that,” said the Bolton boss. “Ma­dine was fouled. Beev­ers was be­ing grap­pled to the ground. When you look at some of the penal­ties given in other games and some of the ones we’re not get­ting, I’m be­gin­ning to ques­tion the of­fi­cials.”

Southend de­fended man­fully but were ul­ti­mately let down by their rookie keeper. A but­terfin­gered bag of nerves all day, the 20-year-old flapped, fum­bled and fi­nally crum­bled, al­low­ing An­der­son to nod home a ball that should have been claimed.

Brown called it a “great point, a Sam Al­lardyce point”. Parkin­son was more down­beat. “We were caught out early by a side with a game­plan,” he ad­mit­ted. “But af­ter that I don’t think we could have done any more.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

GET IN: Southend United’s Harry Kryr­i­anou cel­e­brates scor­ing,inset, with team-mates

BAT­TLE: Bolton’s David Wheater tack­les Southend’s David Mooney

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