Maher the magician provides Blues tonic

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

Southend United 2-0 Maidenhead United

One day, people facing a problem in life will ask ‘What would Kevin Maher do?’

The long and the short of it is that none of us can quite fathom home the Southend United boss, his staff and the team and continuing to defy the odds on the pitch as everything around them at the Roots Hall Stadium outfit appears to crash and burn.

Injuries, suspensions and a year-long transfer embargo had culminated in Maher struggling to field a side to face a dogged Maidenhead United side. But somehow, the former Blues skipper cobbled together an outfit slick enough to record their fifth Vanarama National League victory of the season, lifting them off the bottom of the table in the process.

Jack Bridge’s second-half penalty followed by a stoppage-time strike from Westley Fonguck secured Southend’s 2-0 success: “After the setbacks we keep getting thrown our way, for the players to respond the way they did was outstanding,” Maher enthused. 

“We only found out late about the appeals so we’re putting people into positions without a real training session. We had to do a bit before the game with shape and stuff like that.

“Maidenhead are such a tough side to play against and we restricted them to very little despite the back three looking as it was. I thought Cav was brilliant back there and JD filling in as well.”

Southend’s off-field issues are more than a cause for concern for the Roots Hall faithful. Nevertheless, Maher painted a bright picture for the future, should the ailing club pull through: “I hope the club gets to fulfil its potential because we’re not far off being a very, very good side and I believe we would be pushing right at the top of the division if it wasn’t for what goes on behind the scenes.

“Not many teams this year have been better than us. Everyone knows what they’re doing and that’s a credit to Daz and Benno and the work they do on the training pitch.”


Brian Jeeves