Experience and quality the only way forward for Molesley and co

Boreham Wood v Southend United – Emirates FA Cup first round – Meadow Park – Saturday 3pm – Preview

Is difficult not to feel sympathetic towards Mark Molesley right now.

Following the worse start to a season in Southend United’s 114-year history, the Blues boss now faces the very real prospect of Emirates FA Cup embarrassment at the hands of Vanarama National League side, Boreham Wood.

Of course, the Blues boss will painstakingly look to rectify the current gloomy situation as Southend look to avoid a similar mishap to the one they suffered at Dover Athletic at the same stage last season. But ultimately, a realisation that an injection of experience and quality is the only way forward for his charges wasn’t far away from the thoughts of the manager.

“We’ve got John White and Simeon Akinola training at the end of the week – we’ve hopefully got Alan McCormack coming back in. We know we’re coming up short at the moment and everyone’s had a lot of opportunities,” Molesley explained.

“They are three players that can make a big difference and, you never know, one or two might be able to follow in.

“At the moment, we’re focusing on the players that are here. We know we’ve got to be better and we’re working hard on that. If we show that first-half performance (at Bradford City), we’re going to give ourselves a mountain to climb.

“It’s just spells in the first-half, there are still some good moments in there but it’s spells that we’re getting punished for at the moment. We can be that naïve and we can’t be that easy.”

The former Weymouth chief added: “Some players coming in can change that. Everyone’s having an opportunity, everyone’s learning on the job at the moment.

“We’ve been harshly missing some players all season and we haven’t quite been able to get our full side back on the grass at the moment. Hopefully, they’re not too far away and a fresh face, a bit of experience coming back in can lift the mood of the camp quite quickly.”

Blues face a Boreham Wood outfit currently twelfth in the National League having won two and drawn one of their five matches to date.

Jeevesie’s prediction: Boreham Wood 2-1 Southend United

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Brian Jeeves

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