Blues in Carabao Cup calamity

Southend United 1-4 Milton Keynes Dons

Struggling Southend United crashed out of the carabao cup as fellow sky bet league one outfit, milton keynes dons, cantered to a 4-1 success at roots hall stadium, heaping further pressure on under-fire boss kevin bond.

The Dons led 2-0 at the break, thanks to goals from Rhys Healey and Callum Brittain and although Brandon Goodship reduced the arrears with his second goal in as many games, Hiram Boateng and Sam Nombe confirmed a resounding victory for the visitors, much to the anguish of the majority amongst the meagre 2,433 crowd. 

“It’s hugely disappointing,” Bond told

“We found it difficult to engage them in the first-half and, to be fair, their system worked better than ours. We conceded as we do, but I thought the change at half-time made a big difference to us.”

The Blues chief continued: “I thought we started the second-half really brightly and got back in the game and, in fairness to us, we were as dangerous as we’d looked in any game that we’d been in so far this season. We looked like we might get back into the game but two goals killed it for us again.

“It’s so hugely disappointing conceding the goals that we conceded. You can’t win games if you concede the goals that we’ve conceded and until we stop doing that, we won’t be winning games.”

Bond admitted he feels the pressure and pain generated by Southend’s sorry situation:  “It’s a personal pressure; it’s your pride that hurts and I feel it just every bit as you would expect me to. It’s an awful situation to be in.

“I’m not alone, there are other teams that are struggling too; doesn’t help us and I understand that. It’s still early days and I have every confidence that it’ll turn around.

But is it difficult? Yeah, it’s extremely difficult.”

Bond and the Blues – currently without a point from their opening five matches – now face a huge Sky Bet League One fixture with Rochdale at Roots Hall on Saturday, August 31 (3pm).

Southend United: Bishop, Milligan (capt), Humphrys, Cox, Goodship, Hamilton, Mantom, Shaughnessy, Demetriou (Bwomono 46’), Lennon, Blackman (Ndukwu 68’). Subs not used: Oxley, Hyam, Ridgewell, Kiernan, Ndukwu, Kelman

Milton Keynes Dons: Moore, Lewington (capt), Walsh, Poole, Gilbey, Bowery (Williams 81’), Healey (Boateng 66’), Agard (Nombe 66’), Martin, Brittain, Kasumu. Subs not used: Nicholls, Cargill, Dickenson, Houghton

Referee: Neil Hair

Assistants: Andrew Williams and Stuart Butler

Fourth Official: Nicholas Cooper

Attendance: 2,433

Brian Jeeves