Maher frustrated by wasteful Blues

Southend United v Weymouth – Vanarama National League – Roots Hall Stadium – Reaction

Southend United 1-1 Weymouth

Ultimately, there’s only one statistic in football that really matters – The final result.

Southend United huffed, puffed, but was unable to turn their dominance into three points against already relegated Weymouth in this Vanarama National League dead rubber.

Indeed, Blues found themselves on the ropes after Josh McQuoid fired the Terras’ into a fortieth-minute lead. And despite Callum Powell restoring parity shortly after the restart, the same player saw his spot-kick rebuffed by Weymouth keeper, Ross Fitzsimons as the visitors escaped with a share of the spoils.

“I think everyone could see how the game went and the chances we’ve had were enough to win three games,” Blues boss, Kevin Maher bemoaned.

“We switched off for a period and conceded which you’re going to do when the team is defending deep and are hard to break down. You know if you don’t put them to bed, you’re always liable for that and we got caught.

“We had enough chances to win it. If I had a pound for every time we hit the first man I’d be a rich man, so there are areas to improve. We know we’ve got to score more goals and the penalty as well which is another one that has cost us points.”

On the missed penalty – The fifth Southend have wasted this season – Maher added: “Put your foot through the ball.

“We’ve missed enough, so put your foot through the ball. Cardwell showed it. You know we’ve missed a couple so just put your foot through it.

“That’s all it sometimes takes. You try and be too clever sometimes and there have been a few this year like that and it costs you.”

Brian Jeeves

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