Maher is mild amidst the mayhem

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

Southend United 2-0 Eastleigh 

Forget Manager of the Month, I’d imagine Kevin Maher is more in line for a  

Nobel Peace Prize for somehow holding it all together at Southend United whilst Rome, or in this case Roots Hall Stadium, burns.

Maher and his team made a satisfactory start to their Vanarama National League campaign, but following yet another appearance at the High Court for unpaid dues, lues were docked ten points by the Vanarama National League, sending them spinning to the bottom of the table, with a minus-four points tally.

But Maher’s ability to show calm in these times of adversity is incredible. His team picked themselves up, dusted themselves off and began clawing back the deficit with a 2-0 victory over Eastleigh at an emotionally charged Roots Hall Stadium: “To respond and to play how we did after the week we’ve had is testament to the players. I thought they were first class,” the Blues chief enthused.

“There were games we’ve lost that we feel like we could’ve won, so tonight after going 2-0 up, we managed the game much better, especially in the second half. We played in the right areas and realised where the space was. That was pleasing.

“After everything we’ve been through, the fans have a football team they can be proud of. Everyone’s on the same page and once the tide turns and we pick up some momentum, we can take this club wherever we want to.”

Harry Cardwell netted his fourth goal in five matches for the Blues this season: “It’s an outstanding goal on the break, a ball inside the full-back, Bridgey did brilliantly and Cards showed great desire to get in front of their defence, so I’m delighted for him and it shows what a good pre-season’s done for him,” Maher added.


Brian Jeeves