Joe is not told to go and buoys Shrimpers

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

SOUTHEND United man­ager Phil Brown felt the Shrimpers ben­e­fit­ted from Mill­wall not be­ing re­duced to ten men at Roots Hall.

The Shrimpers se­cured their first home league win of the sea­son with vic­tory against the Lions.

But Brown felt the game could have gone dif­fer­ently had Mill­wall de­fender Joe Martin been shown a sec­ond yel­low card af­ter haul­ing down Southend striker David Mooney just be­fore half-time.

“It was just un­be­liev­able that he wasn’t sent off, es­pe­cially as the ref­eree put his hand in his pocket and then seemed to re­alise the player had al­ready been booked,” said Brown.

“But it might have ac­tu­ally done us a favour in a way.

“Some­times teams get gal­vanised when down to ten men and they would have sat in look­ing to hit us on the counter at­tack. But the way it went worked in our favour strangely enough be­cause it brought a siege men­tal­ity to the crowd and they got on the ref­eree’s back which made a change to it just be­ing me.

“It’s ob­vi­ously a big re­lief to get our first home league win be­cause it’s been too long com­ing and I would strug­gle to name a man of the match be­cause ev­ery­one was out­stand­ing.”

Southend took the lead af­ter just six min­utes when Mooney fired home af­ter be­ing teed up by Jer­maine McGlashan.

How­ever, Mill­wall hit back to equalise in the 33rd minute with Ai­den O’Brien pok­ing the ball home from close range.

Vis­it­ing full-back Martin then had his lucky es­cape and was im­me­di­ately sub­sti­tuted for Lee Gre­gory.

But Southend were on top af­ter the break with Stephen McLaugh­lin net­ting from 18 yards in the 50th minute be­fore Luke O’Neill fired home from a nar­row an­gle three min­utes from time.

And that left Mill­wall boss Neil Har­ris feel­ing frus­trated on his re­turn to his home-town club.

“Too many times when things aren’t go­ing well for us we’re half a yard be­hind ev­ery­one else and that’s dis­ap­point­ing,” said for­mer striker Har­ris.

“The most frus­trat­ing thing is we haven’t been out­played or passed off the park they just had a work­man­like at­ti­tude about them which I’m not used to see­ing my side get beat by.

“Southend were very di­rect and we have to be re­silient.

“I’m used to see­ing my team match teams and then use our qual­ity but Southend were a hand­ful to deal with at times and did a job on us out there.”


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