Bradford City v Southend United – Sky Bet League Two – Valley Parade – Tuesday 7pm – Preview
The wonderful thing about football is that you are swiftly handed another opportunity.
Ten games in and Southend United supporters must be sick and tired of that particular cliche. Nevertheless, Mark Molesley takes his winless charges north where they’ll face a Bradford City side, themselves in a rut following three successive Sky Bet League Two setbacks.
Blues played second fiddle throughout Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Port Vale at Roots Hall. Throughout the wretched run, boss Molesley has remained staunchly committed, although it’s clear his squad are shrinking the longer the sequence goes on.
“You can see that confidence is a little bit lacking at the moment in the group, and it’s up to us to try and pick them up and give them that, but only wins do that,” Moseley explained after Southend’s eighth defeat of the campaign.
“There’s not a magic formula or a medicine that you can take to treat it.
“We’ve got to stand up and be counted. Individually we’ve got to take responsibility now, cut out these errors and get that win because that’s the spark. We’re looking for someone now to give us that spark and give us that lift.
“The process doesn’t change – we still train hard, prepare the best we can like we have done every day. We prepare the best we possibly can and that is all we can keep doing. We haven’t gone short on the training pitch, we haven’t gone short on our preparation or our research, we continue to keep working as hard as we can.”
Rooted to the bottom of the Football League, but Moseley insisted the pressure on his beleaguered side was little different to any other scenario, adding: “There’s pressure every day in life. Everyone is feeling pressure at the moment, not just in football but in the world as a whole. Football is a pressure environment, and we have to deal with it, stand up and be counted.
“We’ve got to get over this quickly and we’ve got to go to Bradford and show that fighting spirit. We’ve got to do the basics well and do the basics right.”
Whether Southend United can put an end to this ten-match sequence and haul themselves off the foot of the table remains to be seen. But the evidence as we approach a quarter of the way through the season is somewhat damming and suggests things could get far worse before they get any better for the Roots Hall Stadium outfit.
Jeevesie’s prediction: Bradford City 1-0 Southend United
(Quotes courtesy of Southend United)