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Peterborough United 4-0 Southend United – Reaction
SOL CAMPBELL was proud of his young Southend United team, despite witnessing them conceded four second-half goals at promotion-chasing Peterborough United.
However, the Blues boss expressed his frustrations following the January transfer window which has left his relegation-haunted squad depleted and facing a hugely difficult challenge.
“We’ve got some injuries, the January transfer window didn’t go well at all – it’s not down to me, it’s people above me who controlled that – and that was disappointing that we didn’t bring anyone in and we moved people out,” Campbell told www.southendunited.co.uk.
“I understand there are some finance situations and you’ve got to balance the books, I get that, but when you can’t bring anyone in and it’s all controlled above you, that’s it really. You can’t do anything about it and I’ve got to utilise the academy.
“I can’t control [the situation], it’s not down to me it’s the people above me. They’ve set the rules and that’s the situation.”
Blues held firm against a free-scoring Posh side. However, after Siriki Dembélé netted five minutes after the break, the floodgates opened with Jack Taylor adding a swift second before Ivan Toney completed the rout with a brace. Nevertheless, Campbell was less critical of his young charges, adding: “The first half was fantastic but there’s only so long you can go with almost an under-23 squad out there. We’re playing a League One side, a top League One side and those guys had to really dig deep.
“I’m very proud of the young players who’ve put a fantastic shift in, the experienced players contributed as well but it’s tough for them. They really stood out and I’m really proud of the young guys that played, but they shouldn’t really be in this situation.”