Blues need to get nasty

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Caretaker boss, Gary Waddock, admitted, after Saturday’s Accrington Stanley home reverse: “We’re not showing any consistency. Accrington were more streetwise than us.”

He added: “We didn’t manage any shots on target, nor did we get any crosses in. And, I told the the players at half-time that a bit of quality would win us the game. But, we didn’t show it. But, the ankle injuries to Charlie Kelman and Simon Cox didn’t help – nor did the sending-off.”

With Southend still to make a permanent managerial appointment, Waddock said: “It’s one step forward and one step back, at the moment. The [managerial] decision will need to be made soon, to take this club forward.”

“Whoever that person is – it’s the chairman’s decision. He’ll have a conversation with me. For the benefit of the football club, it has to happen. At some point a decision has to be made.”

Southend keeper, Mark Oxley, admitted: “Harsh words have been said in the dressing room. We have to take a look at ourselves. And, we can’t use the sending-off as an excuse. It’s only us who can change things.”

He added: “Last weeks’ result [at Milton Keynes Dons] now counts for nothing. We didn’t deserve anything from the game today. A few heads dropped after their goal, but we can’t use the sending-off as an excuse. We have to start showing a bit of ‘nastiness’.”

Oxley concluded: “Garry Waddock has been a breath of fresh air, since he came in”

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Rowland Lyons

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