Wycombe Wanderers v Southend United – Saturday 3pm at Adams Park – Preview
KEVIN BOND spoke candidly about his sides early-season issues but insisted Southend United will benefit and be ok as the Sky Bet League One season unfolds.
Bond and his men head to Adams Park on Saturday, facing a much-improved and inform Wycombe Wanderers side who are currently on the crest of a wave under the management of former Queen’s Park Rangers midfielder, Gareth Ainsworth.
“Ultimately, we’ve got to win a match and the best way to do that would be to keep a clean sheet. At the moment, we can’t do it and it’s weighing heavy on everyone,” Bond explained following Southend’s midweek defeat at the hands of Peterborough United.
“We are trying very hard to keep a clean sheet, believe me – but we are unable to do it at this moment in time. Am I going to play none up front, sit back and soak it up? I don’t know?”
Bond clearly saw encouraging signs during that setback against the Posh: “I thought we were easily as good as Peterborough. We should have gone in front before half-time. I thought we played some really good football.
“In the end, I understand it doesn’t count for very much when you don’t get the win. But in the long run for Southend United, it’ll be fine.”
The Southend chief understood the supporters’ frustration and insisted both he and the team were hurting following their winless start to the season: “I’m sure the crowd just want to see you win. I do find it frustrating because we’re playing well and they’re cheering us on and clapping us – then we conceded two goals and they go from cheering us to booing us in the space of five minutes and it’s because we’ve conceded two goals – I understand that.”
Looking ahead, Bond added: “The next game is always the biggest game and Wycombe is going to be soon upon us. The lads are feeling it, they are hurting, they are suffering.
“You think it doesn’t weigh heavy on me – my God – of course, it does. But we have to recognise the situation that we are in.
“I’m not trying to trivialise where we are, but everyone will think it’s like the end of the world is nigh, but the end of the world isn’t nigh in my book. We have to come in on Thursday with a positive frame of mind. We can’t come in on Thursday feeling sorry for ourselves. We have to be determined but we have to have a smile on our face, we have to enjoy what we are doing, we have to be positive, that’s what we have to do.”
Wycombe Wanderers v Southend United – Head to head:
Wycombe Wanderers won: 8
Southend United won: 6
Last five meetings (all competitions):
December 13, 2014 – Sky Bet League Two: Wycombe Wanderers 4-1 Southend United
March 7, 2015 – Sky Bet League Two: Southend United 2-2 Wycombe Wanderers
May 23, 2015 – Sky Bet League Two play-off final: Southend United 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers (after extra-time) (Southend won 7-6 on penalties)
September 29, 2018 – Sky Bet League One: Wycombe Wanderers 2-3 Southend United
April 13, 2019 – Sky Bet League One: Southend United 0-2 Wycombe Wanderers
Jeevesie’s prediction: Wycombe Wanderers 3-1 Southend United.