Defensive frailties are Southend’s undoing again

Shrewsbury Town 4-3 Southend United

CARETAKER-MANAGER, Garry Waddock, was left bemused and frustrated after his Southend United side shipped another four Sky Bet League One goals, slipping to their seventh defeat of the season as Shrewsbury Town became the latest side to plunder all three points from the Roots Hall Stadium outfit.

“If you concede another four, it’s always going to cause you a problem, but the goals that we concede are ridiculous goals,” the former Queen’s Park Rangers man bemoaned to www.southendunited.co.uk.

“They’re so easy, they’re so cheap; we don’t get it going the other way. You score three goals away from home and you come away from a fixture without getting anything.”

Omar Beckles and Jason Cummings breached the Blues fragile rearguard inside the opening half an hour as the hosts seized control of the contest. However, Stephen McLaughlin, with his second goal in as many matches, swiftly halved the deficit.

But once again, Southend capitulated. Ollie Norburn added a third for the Shrews and although Stephen Humphrys gave Southend hope, Callum Lang confirmed another fruitless outing for the Essex side with Shrewsbury’s fourth – the 24th conceded by the Blues in just eight league outings.

Simon Cox did pull another back for Southend in stoppage-time, but Waddock was left in little doubt about his sides inabilities.

“The players kept going but ultimately if you continue to concede goals, the outcome is going to be the same in any game,” he continued.

“It seems very easy to go past someone, then go past somebody else, and more often than not, it ends up in the back of our net. It’s unacceptable, totally unacceptable.

They haven’t given up tonight, they kept going, but we have to hold our hands up and if you continue to concede goals like that, the amount of goals we conceded, it’s a problem. It’s a simple problem that we’ve got rectify and we’ve got to do very quickly.”

Waddock added: “We have to do more work on the training ground, from the top end of the pitch to the bottom end in terms of defensively out of possession.

“If I’m marking somebody, I expect somebody to do their very best to make it as difficult as possible, but we don’t. Then when your teammate’s in a bit of bother and he’s beaten, come across and help him out, but one of their goals I think they walked round four of our players with ease and that’s totally unacceptable.

“We’ve got the group that we’ve got and we’ll work with the group that we’ve got. We’ve tried a number of formations during the course of the season and we continue to concede goals but there has to be a dogged determination to make sure you make it difficult for the opposition. We conceded far too many cheap and silly goals.”

Southend United returns to Sky Bet League One action on Saturday, September 21 when they take on Milton Keynes Dons at Stadium MK (3pm).

Shrewsbury Town: O’Leary, Williams, Beckles, Norburn (Capt) (Edwards 70‘), Lang (Udoh 84’), Giles, Love, Goss, Ebanks-Landell, Lauren, Cummings (Whalley 57’). Subs not used: Murphy, Pierre, Walker, Morison, Udoh

Southend United: Oxley, Bwomono, Ralph (Demetriou 71’), Humphrys, Cox, McLaughlin, Goodship, Kiernan, Hamilton (Hyam 62’), Mantom (Capt), Lennon. Subs not used: Bishop, Ndukwu, Shaughnessy, Hutchinson, Blackman

Referee: James Adcock
Assistants: Shaun Hudson and Akil Howson
Fourth Official: Robert Merchant

Attendance: 4,909 (137 from Southend)

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Brian Jeeves

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