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This is a reality check - Brown

28 April 2013

Southend boss Phil Brown was disappointed with his side's display in the 1-0 defeat to Morecambe and will be seeing his players again in six weeks

The Shrimps have now triumphed in five and drawn one of the six meetings between the two teams. And it was a first half goal from Andrew Fleming which handed them their latest victory against the Shrimpers.

The midfielder won the ball back from Southend's player of the year Sean Clohessy before firing past goalkeeper Paul Smith.

"A mistake by our most consistent player and player of the year has cost us the game in the end, that's what life is like in this league," said Brown. "This is a reality check for these players and I think there's a lack of character in the team which is something we need to sort out.

"Two seasons running they've been close to the top for about 75 per cent of the games before fading away at the end. We need to change that.

"It will be a busy few weeks and there's plenty of work and talking to be done. We certainly need to improve our home form but we're coming back in for pre-season training on June 10 and that signals our intentions."

Fleming's goal came in the 34th minute but, up until then, the home side had been on top with Ryan Cresswell heading a free-kick from Freddy Eastwood inches over the crossbar.

Shrimpers striker Gavin Tomlin also had a shot impressively saved by Morecambe goalkeeper Barry Roche before Barry Corr fired over from close range after being teed up by Kevan Hurst, but Morecambe comfortably saw out the second half and manager Jim Bentley was delighted to end the season with a win.

He said: "I don't think Southend really had a shot in the second half. It's certainly a nice, positive way for our season to end. Andrew never gave up for the goal and that summed up our performance.

"But we were a bit sloppy early on and they missed a couple of good chances but after we went in front I thought we were very good. ``We defended well and I can't praise the players enough for that display."

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