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Southend United 0-1 Mansfield Town
Southend United remain at the bottom of Sky Bet League Two and showed little signs of upward movement as in-form Mansfield Town secured a victory at Roots Hall which was far more comfortable than the 1-0 scoreline suggested.
Jamie Reid profited from Jordan Bowery’s toil midway through the second half to supply the games decisive moment. Southend’s miserable afternoon was compounded further when Timothee Dieng picked up a late second yellow card following a seemingly needless confrontation with Mansfield’s Harry Charsley.
After appearing to have turned the corner, the Blues are now without a win in three. “It was a tough battle – I’m really disappointed as it was a big opportunity missed for us to climb out,” Blues boss, Mark Moelsley, bemoaned.
“There wasn’t much in the game and it was another tough battle. I think at this stage of the season, with the current weather, the games are always quite tough, battling affairs.
“They’re not the most technical affairs, but again we’ve momentarily switched off, had a lapse in concentration and been punished for it, similar to Tuesday,” Molesley continued.
“That’s really disappointing because we haven’t given up too many clear cut chances, albeit we haven’t created too many ourselves.
“At the same time, we’ve had a great one for Sim at the back post with that header and a penalty shout, but we can’t hide behind the fact that we’ve lost that game.
“We need to show more guile in the attacking third, and again a momentary lapse in concentration has cost us dearly.”
Southend United return to Sky Bet League Two action on Tuesday, January 26, when Bradford City are the visitors to Roots Hall Stadium (7pm).
Southend United: Oxley, Bwomono (Clifford 46’), McCormack (Nathaniel-George 59’), Hobson (Acquah 73’), Dieng, Akinola, Hackett-Fairchild, Halford, K Taylor, Hart, White (Capt) Subs not used: Seaden, Howard, R Taylor, Stewart
Mansfield Town: Stone, Sweeney (Capt), Rawson, Charsley, Bowery, Maris, Gordon, Quinn (Cook 77’), Reid, McLaughlin (Benning 90+2′), Lapslie Subs not used: Stech, O’Keeffe, Perch, Maynard, Law
Referee: Benjamin Speedie
Assistants: Andy Bennett and Joseph Stokes
Fourth Official: Louis Marks