The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

WHAT price a mis­judged curse? If the FA re­ally did threaten Phil Brown with a ten-game ban, it could be a long time be­fore the Southend boss sees a tech­ni­cal area again.

It would seem a harsh sanc­tion for a man never sent off be­fore last sea­son, but even the LMA will strug­gle to save him af­ter some caus­tic – and cal­cu­lated – post­match com­ments. Did the ref­eree play a part? Truth is, both sides had their breaks. Given the new rules on grap­pling, Mark Beev­ers should have earned a penalty and plenty of refs would have con­sid­ered Keshi An­der­son’s goalscor­ing leap against Smith a foul on the keeper. Hon­ours just about even.

Bolton de­served more; their at­tack­ing in­tent and high tempo mer­ited vic­tory. But the lack of clear chances is also tes­ta­ment to the or­gan­i­sa­tion and tenac­ity of Southend’s im­pen­e­tra­ble back three.

Once in­flamed pas­sions have been soothed, both man­agers will re­flect on im­pres­sive dis­plays.

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