Southend United 0-0 Salford City – Reaction
All-in-all, it was a dramatic afternoon at Roots Hall Stadium, despite the lack of a goal.
An emergency loan goalkeeper in the shape of Portsmouth’s Alex Bass was signed and subsequently subbed – the injured stopper replaced at the halfway point by Harry Seaden.
Teh there was Nile Ranger. The frontman’s return lasting a mere seven minutes before a groin injury saw him replaced by Jason Demetriou.
But the afternoon proved to be profitable. Blues held firm in the face of fierce Salford pressure after the break. Seaden producing a superb stop to deny Ian Henderson. Meanwhile, news filtered through that both Grimsby and Barrow had slipped to defeat, leaving the Blues two points clear of the dropzone.
“I think, on reflection, it was a good point,” boss, Mark Molesley entuused.
“We’re continuing to be very competitive in every game and with the win on Tuesday, that’s four points out of those two. Most people would have taken that before the game and if we can carry that on for the rest of the season that’s great form.
“I have to mention about the lad’s attitude and battling qualities on a pitch that was quite dry and tough to play on for both teams, so sometimes it was a little bit low on quality but certainly not low on effort and application from our boys, again.”
The Blues chief added; “After a long trip on Wednesday, we had less preparation time to what we’d usually have and what Salford had and we’re up against a very good side in Salford who are flying high and have got some fantastic talent.
“I thought we nullified them really well. First-Half I thought we had some really good openings – the goalkeeper has saved one with his face from Emile and then he had his header that he caught – so we created some chances and made it a tough afternoon for them.
“That’s all we can do at the moment, keep trying to be as competitive as we can, keep working hard for each other and keep trying to get points on the board. Hopefully, we’ll look at this as a point gained.”
On the performance of keeper, Seaden, Molesley added: “I’m very pleased for Harry Seaden who’s been patient, been training really hard all season and has been pushing Oxley.
Meanwhile, on the luckless Ranger, he said: “We introduced Nile Ranger who we’ve been doing a lot of work with, but the worry is that as much work as you do on the training field it’s hard to recreate that match intensity, that tension in your body, that adrenaline and unfortunately he’s felt his groin there.
“It’s a real shame as he’s come on and had an impact straight away, I thought. He won three headers in our attacking half and two headers in our box as well and showed how useful he was. It’s a good point gained, but disappointing on in the injury front.”