New Southend manager Phil Brown cast aside his disappointment at seeing the Shrimpers lose a 2-0 lead to record a 2-2 draw at Bradford but he insists they can still make the npower League Two play-offs.

Gavin Tomlin and then Britt Assombalonga gave the former Hull boss the perfect start to life with his new club but goals from Zavon Hines and then James Hanson meant he had to settle for a point.

"To go two goals up was a great start, but Bradford is a tough place to come to and we have got a point away from home against a very strong team," Brown said. "The attitude and the ability was there for everyone to see. I think I have got something to work with.

"It's my first point as Southend manager and while we probably need to win six out of six to get into the play-offs we firmly believe we can do it. There is a lot to play for and we want to make sure we have a strong finish to the season and see where it takes us.

"The work we have done in the last four days bore fruit and our front two players scored a goal each.

"We knew Bradford would throw the kitchen sink at us in the second half, but we stood up to it and defended manfully. We hit the post after they scored their first goal and if that had gone in we would have restored our two goal lead, but what a great ball it was from Nahki Wells for Bradford's equaliser. So we take a point and move on."

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson said: "We gave ourselves a lot to do after giving them two soft goals. I thought we played some excellent stuff in the second half and ought to have won the game in the end."

Parkinson said he could not understand why Hines' 51st minute effort that flew into the net was disallowed and thought Bradford ought to have had a penalty when Kyel Reid was brought down only to be booked by Staffordshire referee Steven Rushton for diving.

He said: "You cannot blame the crowd for being frustrated at half time, but we came out in the second half and played with conviction and I thought our three substitutes gave us that extra bit of quality. The lads were excellent - they ran themselves into the ground.

"We dominated the game, but we knew Southend were going to come here with renewed appetite with a new manager and it was a good point in the end after being 2-0 down."