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MANAGER'S VERDICT: SOUTHEND (HOME)

3 December 2019

NIGEL Clough praised his team for digging deep to fight back with ten men to earn a point against Southend.

The Brewers fell behind and then saw John-Joe O'Toole red carded but came back to equalise through a Scott Fraser free kick and came close to snatching a winner when David Templeton hit the bar.

The Brewers manager said: "We had to play more than 60 minutes with ten men but we looked like we were the ones who had 11 against 10 the way we played the second half.

"We scored a wonderful goal from Scotty Fraser and hit the crossbar and I thought if any team was going to score another goal  in the second half it was us. The character and resilience the players showed was incredible.

"I also thought our fans were brilliant. They sensed the injustice and lifted us as well.

"The most disappointing aspect of the evening was their goal and us switching off from a set play. One man doesn't do his job and you find yourselves 1-0 down - that's what cost us the game tonight.

"Against a team who are struggling it gives them a lift, a boost of confidence and you saw that from the next 10 minutes of the game.

"But we have had three unbelievably tough games on the road. They haven't played for 10 days and you would have thought it was the other way round. Our lads are fit, strong and getting mentally strong. We were down to ten men but still picked it up and took it to the opposition. 

"That's what we try and do - even with ten men and all over the pitch in the second half we were absolutely brilliant."

The sending off in the 33rd minute was a major talking point.

Clough said: "I didn't think it was a sending off. The referee said violent conduct but he didn't produce a card straight away."


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