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Phil Brown: Southend United deserved more

19 February 2014

Southend United manager Phil Brown felt his side deserved more than a 1-1 draw against Hartlepool United at Roots Hall.

The Shrimpers had to settle for a share of the spoils after Pools midfielder Bradley Walker cancelled out Barry Corr's opener.

But Brown thought Blues had done enough to claim all three points.

"Our performance was there for everyone to see and I thought we did just about enough to have won it," said Brown.

"We've hit the crossbar and had two or three cleared off the line but things just didn't seem to break for us in front of goal which was disappointing.

"However, if we keep on playing like this and have the right kind of attitude to go along with that then I'm sure things will start to turn for us.

"Credit to Hartlepool, though, because they came smelling blood after our recent results and they certainly went for it too.

"But we also need to start showing a bit more belief if we are to get back to winning ways."

Southend, who have now not won in eight games, came close to taking the lead when recalled winger Anthony Straker headed a right-wing cross from John White against the crossbar.

However, they took the lead in the 43rd minute when Corr impressively converted a low left wing cross from Kevan Hurst with a near flick.

Straker had a well-struck shot well saved by Hartlepool goalkeeper Scott Flinders at the start of the second half before Hartlepool equalised with Walker collecting a loose attempted clearance from Michael Timlin and netted with a volley from 20 yards.

Southend pushed hard after being pegged back and almost went back in right when Hurst had a shot blocked on the line by full-back Darren Holden.

But Hartlepool also came close to going back in front when Luke James saw his shot tipped wide of the right post by Daniel Bentley.

Visiting manager Colin Cooper felt his side could well returned back home with all three points.

"We had what I thought was a stonewall penalty turned down in the first half and also missed a one-on-one so we had the chances to win it," said Cooper.

"However, once we went behind it was always going to be difficult and I was proud by how the players galvanised themselves to get something from the game.

"The younger lads would have learnt plenty from that match and credit to those for have been around the block a bit because they certainly played a part.

"But it was a good game of football as both teams tried to play the game the right way and a draw here is a good result for us."

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