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

SOUTHEND boss Phil Brown re­mains con­fi­dent of reach­ing the play-offs – de­spite suf­fer­ing de­feat at Charl­ton.

The set­back was the Shrimpers’ sec­ond in suc­ces­sion and saw them slip to sev­enth in the League One stand­ings.

But Brown is con­vinced his side will be able to bounce back.

“We still have the con­fi­dence and the be­lief that we’re go­ing to make the play-offs but we’re cer­tainly mak­ing things dif­fi­cult for our­selves,” said Brown.

“It’s a bit­terly dis­ap­point­ing re­sult but I’m not go­ing to stand here and be­moan the fact we’re miss­ing some big play­ers.

“Of course we’re miss­ing Ryan Leonard, Ben Coker, Nile Ranger and An­thony Wordsworth but those com­ing in have got to be tak­ing their chance. John White came in and cer­tainly took his and I think the game changed when he also had to go off with an in­jury.

“I’m frus­trated be­cause we had 2, 500 fans here and they were dif­fer­ent class so I’m dis­ap­pointed we couldn’t get some­thing from the game for them.”

Southend are now a point be­hind sixth-placed Mill­wall in the stand­ings and found them­selves a goal down af­ter just six min­utes at the Val­ley.

Ad­dicks winger Ricky Holmes – who grew up sup­port­ing the Shrimpers – col­lected the ball on the left-hand side of the penalty area and net­ted with a pow­er­ful left-footed shot.

The Shrimpers equalised five min­utes later when John White headed home Michael Tim­lin’s cor­ner and, at the start of the sec­ond half, Southend winger Stephen McLaugh­lin was de­nied by De­clan Rudd when clean through on goal.

How­ever, Charl­ton hit back and re­gained the lead in the 74th minute when Holmes’ cross was met by Jake ForsterCaskey whose ef­fort de­flected in off Adam Thomp­son.

Southend pushed for a late equaliser with McLaugh­lin be­ing de­nied by Rudd be­fore Frank Nou­ble headed wide from close range.

But 16th-placed Charl­ton de­servedly held on to pick up just their sec­ond win in 15 games, much to the re­lief of man­ager Karl Robin­son.

“It was a big re­sult,” said Robin­son, whose side are five points clear of the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

“The emo­tion from my­self and the play­ers at the end was clear for ev­ery­one to see.

“We’ve trained here for two days be­cause I wanted them to feel com­fort­able at home.

“I brought teams here for years and loved com­ing here be­cause it’s a unique place.

“Some­times when you only come here when things aren’t go­ing right for you it can be a place to be feared so we changed our train­ing this week and ev­ery­thing was here. “It was a very im­por­tant win, but it’s all down to the play­ers and the fans.”

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