Dagenham & Redbridge v Southend United – Vanarama National League – The Chigwell Construction Stadium – Reaction
Dagenham & Redbridge 3-0 Southend United
Kevin Maher undoubtedly went into Southend United’s Head Coaching role with his eyes wide open. However, on this evidence, the former Blues captain will need to work miracles to turn around the fortunes and mindset of a football club that remains on the critical list.
In truth, Southend competed reasonably well during the opening period. However, three Dagenham & Redbridge goals in five minutes exposed the truth about the group of footballers Maher has inherited. One wonders exactly where he will start?
Nevertheless, Maher remained calm and pragmatic, no doubt learned more about the groups’ capabilities from this latest setback: “We knew coming in how hard it was going to be,” the Blues Head Coach explained
“The players give everything and that’s the one thing I can’t complain about.
“We knew the process and we knew how long it was going to take. It’s a tough job and we’ve only been in two days. We know it’s going to take time and we wanted to get a positive result for the fans that we brought today.
“I get that they’re going to be frustrated but it’s going to take time. We’re going to see who’s up for the journey, player-wise, and who’s not and that will happen as we go along the way.”
Maher was clearly concerned over Blues alarming collapse: “It looks like that when we concede a goal you can see the lack of confidence and the fear of ‘here we go again’ and that follows on quickly with another one, and the game’s gone then,” he added.
“You can almost see the fear. I can feel it, I can sniff it and it’s our job to change that.
“It’s just one game and I’m not going to go overboard with the lads and start criticising because they gave everything. That’s the minimum, I know that, but it did change what I knew to a certain extent and changing the whole mentality and the culture of the football club is going to take time.
“You can’t lose for three, four years and all of a sudden flick a switch and it’s going to change.”