Blues huff and puff but show little sign of turning things around

Southend United 0-0 Stevenage – Reaction

Well, it was a point, but that simply isn’t enough for toothless Southend United whose winless sequence extended to five and Football League membership drew a step closer to concluding as Stevenage left Roots Hall with a share of the spoils.

Blues started brightly and had decent chances, but by the midway point of the opening period, it was a case of more of the same as the hosts began to air on the side of caution at a time where bravery is the only option.

“We’re obviously disappointed,” boss, Mark Molesley bemoaned.
“You can see that we’re going out and doing our best to win a game of football today. We’ve started fast and had plenty of chances and unfortunately when you’re in the ascendancy you’ve got to make that dominance count and you’ve got to find that goal.

“We went very close, so it wasn’t through the lack of effort or trying. There was a clear reaction from Tuesday [against Tranmere] where we started slowly, and we started fast and strong today, had multiple corners, crosses, shots and their keeper has made an unbelievable save from Ferguson’s free-kick.

“We’re knocking on the door, we’re making chances, we’re shooting more and we’ve kept solid again. I think Montgomery has had one save to make in the whole game. Their goalkeeper was a lot busier than ours and that’s against a very well drilled, organised Stevenage side that are the best defensive team in the league currently.

Molesley continued: “They are hard to break down and when you do get chances you’ve got to make the most of them. Unfortunately, we’ve had another day where we haven’t made the most of our chances.”

Despite opting to start with a 4-4-2 formation, Molesley again came under criticism from Blues fans who vented their concerns via social media, suggesting they are fed up with the lack of a genuine goal threat. Nevertheless, Molesley opted for a ‘glass-half-full response, adding: “There’s no hiding from it. There’s no hiding from the pressure, you’ve got to stand up and use that as motivation.

“The pleasing thing is that we’re asking questions, we’re putting crosses in, we’re having shots. The more time you do that the more chance you’ve got of scoring. We’ve got to keep working hard, keep believing in ourselves, keep building and wanting to get better, and I’m sure we’ll turn it around. That one goal I’m sure will lift everyone.”


Brian Jeeves

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