Campbell critical of Blues first-half display as Blackpool take the points

Blackpool 2-1 Southend United

SOL CAMPBELL was critical of Southend United’s first-half display as they slipped to their 19th Sky Bet League One defeat of the campaign against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

Southend’s young side headed to the North-West buoyed by last weekend’s 2-1 success over Lincoln City at RootsHall – only their third victory of the season. However, any thoughts of backing that up disappeared thanks to a brace from Blackpool’s French striker, Armand Gnanduillet – the second from the penalty spot after Nathan Delfouneso had been felled by Blues stopper, Mark Oxley.

Stephen McLaughlin’s thirty-yarder gave Southend hope, but they were unable to find an equaliser and remain twelve points from safety.

Speaking to www.southendunited.co.uk, boss Campbell, said: “If we had started the game like we did in the second half, we’d have got something out of the game. In the first half we didn’t win any second balls, we were kind of lethargic in our play and we just weren’t at the races.

“You’ve got to be on it – last week’s gone now and it’s all about this week now, this game. We’ve got to start again, reboot and put all the effort in, and second half we showed that. They didn’t have many shots on target, but they had the right amount of shots and we’ve lost 2-1.

The former England defender added: “We got back in, the fight was there, the passing was there, the last third play was better, we were more assertive in the last third and we won second balls in and around the box second half.

“Overall, it was full-on second half but first half we can’t really start games like that.”

Southend United return to Sky Bet League One action on Tuesday, February 11 when they take on Peterborough United at the Weston Homes Stadium (7:45pm).

Blackpool: Maxwell, Bola, Heneghan, Spearing (Capt) (Virtue 83’), Feeney, Dewsbury-Hall, Turton, Gnanduillet, Madine (Delfouneso 61’), Ronan (Ward 90+2’), Moore. Subs not used: Sims, Thorniley, Nuttall, McDonald

Southend United: Oxley, Bwomono, Milligan, Dieng (Capt), McLaughlin, Mantom, Kelman (Rush 82’), Demetriou, Barratt (Goodship 46’), Clifford, Hutchinson (Kinali 60’). Subs not used: Taylor, Egbri, Coker, Mitchell-Nelson

Referee: Anthony Backhouse
Assistants: Alan Clayton and Richard
Fourth Official: Wade Smith

Attendance: 7,870 (291 from Southend)

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Brian Jeeves

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