Bond defiant despite latest setback for Blues

KEVIN Bond remained defiant despite seeing his troubled Southend United side slip beaten for the fourth successive time this season.

Two goals in as many second-half minutes from Mohamed Eisa and Ivan Toney ensured Peterborough United the points at Roots Hall. However, despite his disappointment, Bond insisted his side had performed well enough during the ninety minutes.

As you’d imagine, disappointed to have lost the game because it is compounding an already difficult position with our form at Roots Hall and the fact that team are unable to keep a clean sheet,” the former Norwich City defender explained.

“That just compounds that and makes it even more difficult going forward and I understand everybody’s frustration. In isolation, I thought we played well tonight. 

“Since I’ve been here, the back end of last season when I was here, we didn’t play any football. The lads were not in a state of mind that they thought they could play any football because of the circumstances that we were in. We had a really difficult season, got smashed up more times as we’ve spoken about before and we need to change that around.

“I think that weighs heavy on everybody – it’s certainly going to weigh heavily on everyone at the club and everyone is fully aware of it. The longer we go – another game – the harder it becomes. We need to turn that around.”

Bond continued: “It doesn’t matter what anybody says, it isn’t an easy thing to turn around. We’ve got a number of new players, trying to change the mentality of them, the resolve of them and play some football and it will take time.

“Regardless of whatever happens in the immediate future, with the group of players that we have, I wouldn’t even have a worry about Southend’s situation in the league and where they will be, I really wouldn’t. I’m completely confident that everything will be fine come to the end of the season.

“I get we’re four games we’ve got four defeats, I understand that. But I’ve every faith in the group of boys we’ve got here – when we get everybody fit.”

Bond confessed that Peterborough was sharper in front of goal, adding: “We perhaps lacked the cutting edge that may be Peterborough had up front tonight, with all due respect. We’ve got a number of players but we haven’t quite got the cutting edge that they have. The chances they got, they took. 

“But after the first quarter of an hour of the game, I felt we absolutely dominated. Darren (Ferguson – Peterborough manager) was shouting at their players to get to half-time.

“We had opportunities, Brandon (Goodship) had two great chances – I’d put my house on him to hit the target. That’s the difference. When you are up against it like we are, get your noses in front – wow, it doesn’t half make a difference – but we didn’t. But honestly, I thought without having that real cutting edge which we haven’t got quite yet, we played some terrific football.”


Brian Jeeves