Phil can’t watch his spot-on Shrimpers

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP - By Chris Phillips

SOUTHEND ban­ished their penalty hoodoo at last to com­fort­ably beat Old­ham at Roots Hall.

The Shrimpers had missed four of their last five spot-kicks be­fore Ja­son Demetriou fired them in front with a well-taken penalty.

But Southend boss Phil Brown was un­able to watch the full-back step up to score.

“I couldn’t watch the penalty be­cause I’m sick to death of see­ing us miss them,” said Brown.

“I just watched the crowd in­stead and saw their re­ac­tion which had told me it had gone in.

“It was a nice feel­ing and it’s a very pleas­ing win for us.

“If we had not won then the gap to the top six might have been too big for us to bridge.

“But we’ve jumped a few places and psy­cho­log­i­cally that helps ev­ery­one.”

Josh Wright sealed the Shrimpers’ win with a well-taken vol­ley in the sec­ond half but only af­ter the Latics had failed to score a penalty of their own.

Craig Davies saw his spot-kick on the stroke of half-time su­perbly tipped over by Southend goal­keeper Mark Ox­ley.

But Brown felt Demetriou hadn’t ac­tu­ally fouled Rob Hunt.

“There was no doubt about our penalty but I wasn’t too sure about their one,” said Brown.

“Some­times you won­der whether they are look­ing to level things up but it shouldn’t be like that.”

Demetriou’s 17thminute spot-kick came af­ter Cameron Dum­mi­gan had fouled Wright but the Cypriot was then ad­judged to have fouled Hunt four min­utes be­fore the break, al­though Davies was im­pres­sively de­nied.

Southend made the most of the let off by dou­bling their lead in on 54 min­utes when Wright volleyed home Stephen McLaugh­lin’s left-wing cross.

Old­ham were un­able to get back in the game, with Eoin Doyle miss­ing two head­ers late on, and Latics boss Richie Wellens had no com­plaints in de­feat. “It was very dis­ap­point­ing,” he said.

“Southend didn’t get out their half for the first five min­utes and from there I think the play­ers thought it would be easy.

“Southend went long into the chan­nels with pos­ses­sion football af­ter that and we didn’t com­pete well enough.

“We had three or four good chances but in all hon­esty it’s the first time we’ve not de­served any­thing from the game since I’ve been man­ager at the club.”

STAR MAN JOSH WRIGHT Southend

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