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Brown bemoans play-off loss

Southend boss Phil Brown hopes his side can be stronger for their League Two play-off semi-final loss to Burton.

The Shrimpers drew 2-2 with Gary Rowett's men at Roots Hall but lost 3-2 on aggregate owing to last Sunday's first-leg defeat.

It meant Brown missed out on a return to Wembley, where he enjoyed his finest moment by guiding Hull to the Premier League via the play-offs in 2008.

His mood at the end was in stark contrast to his bullish programme notes, in which he wrote 'Today is our day. See you all at Wembley next week'.

"That's life," shrugged Brown afterwards. "It's not arrogance, there were two teams fighting to play at Wembley and it was a rallying cry, and the fans didn't half turn up.

"We are bemoaning our fortune in front of goal but next year we'll be stronger for it. Whoever invented the play-offs was not a manager, that's for certain."