Blues gift to the fans is precious, but there’s still work to do

Southend United 2-0 Colchester United – Reaction

Mark Molesley and Southend United offered some festive cheer to the Roots Hall faithful but remained wary that his side is still involved in a bitter scrap at the foot of the Sky bet League Two table.

Blues extended their unbeaten sequence to five matches, lifting themselves off the bottom of the table in the process thanks to first-half goals from Simeon Akinola and Timothee Dieng against erratic Essex rivals, Colchester United. But make no mistake, this victory was as much about Southend’s defensive qualities as they hustled, harried and ensured the U’s superior possession provided little threat.

“That was the message before the game, to deliver a Christmas present for our fans,” Molesley enthused.

“It’s tough times out there at the moment and we’ve sorely missed them. They showed what a difference they made and we knew they’d be watching us today, and we really wanted to give them something to cheer about.

“Anyone who watched that game would have seen that we were willing to die out there for the three points, and I thought the lad’s attitude, work-rate and endeavour were second-to-none, which it needs to be in a derby.”

“I’ve been really impressed with Colchester when we’ve watched them. They’re a really good side and play some lovely football.

“They have some really good players who receive the ball in the pockets well, they turn, and they’re well-drilled. We knew it was going to be a really tough game, but we covered some ground out there today.”

Despite the win, Southend remained in the bottom two, three points from safety: “It was a good day at the office for us today, but that’s all it is – the hard work continues,” Molesley added.

“We’re still not at our best, we’ve still got plenty to work on but what I can say is the lads are up for the challenge.”

Defender, John White, has served both the Blues and U’s during his career. And the 34-year-old was left in little doubt of the importance of his current employers’ success: “I think it meant a lot to us as a club, in general.

“I think every game, where we are, where we are in the league – every game is huge. It’s a chance for us to start climbing the league.

“You could see from recent performances that there has been an upturn in results, but performances as well and I feel like we are getting stronger and stronger every game.”

Meanwhile, goalscorer, Timothee Dieng, added: “Yes, It’s a very good day – a good Christmas present. We have been working hard to get out of the bottom of the league and we did it today. But we need to keep going – keep winning.”

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Brian Jeeves

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