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Southend United manager Phil Brown cannot believe luck

1 March 2014

Southend United manager Phil Brown was left ruing his side's bad luck following their 1-1 draw against Wycombe Wanderers at Roots Hall.

The seventh-placed Shrimpers, who opened the scoring through Barry Corr, have now not won in nine games after being held by the Chairboys.

But Brown felt the manner of Wycombe's equaliser - which came when Paris Cowan Hall's shot hit the crossbar before hitting Southend goalkeeper Daniel Bentley and rolling back in to the net - summed up his team's bad luck.

"Their goal was just remarkable and it's just the way things are going for us at the moment it seems," said Brown.

"We got ourselves in front and weren't looking in any danger until Wycombe get a break like that.

"Daniel Bentley is despondent about what happened but it's not his fault at all. It was just very bad luck and it made for a frustrating day.

"Quite frankly some of Wycombe's tactics and how long they took to take goal kicks and throw-ins was embarrassing.

"I mentioned it to the fourth official and he told me the only way to speed up the game was to score a goal.

"Our run without a win has now got longer but we will continue to work hard to turn things around and I think getting that one win will change everything for us."

Wycombe, who remain five points clear of the drop zone, came closest to scoring in the first half when Anthony Stewart's header from Max Kretzschmar's right-wing corner was superbly saved by Bentley.

Corr then had an effort ruled out for offside before he headed home his eighth goal of the season, nodding in Kevan Hurst's right-wing corner in the 63rd minute of the match.

Seven minutes later Wycombe scored a fortuitous equaliser. The visitors came close to winning it twice late on with substitute Dean Morgan having an effort tipped wide by Bentley before the same player struck the top of the crossbar right at the death.

Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth was pleased to pick up a point.

"It's a very good point away from home because Southend is a tough place to come especially when they're itching for a win," said Ainsworth.

"We definitely had a bit of luck with the goal but sometimes you need that.

"I felt sorry for their keeper because he had an excellent game and he didn't deserve that but it's great for us."

"We dealt well with Southend's pressure and they were very direct when attacking, utilising Barry Corr's ability in the air.

"We struggled a bit near the end but we dug in and I'm proud of them because this is another good result which keeps this little run we're on going."

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