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Colchester United 6-1 Southend United – Reaction
It’s difficult to see where Mark Molesley can improve Southend United with the current squad of players at his disposal.
The Blues 6-1 derby defeat at Colchester United extended their winless run to sixteen matches in all competitions with little sign of any upward momentum forthcoming.
Sure, Molesley made seven changed to the side which had slipped out of the FA Cup to non-league Boreham Wood via a penalty shootout, but it’s hard to see too much difference whoever pulls on the shirts just now? Out fought, out-thought and simply outclassed by their bitterest rivals, the Blues boss appeared shellshocked: “It’s a really tough night – we are obviously, bitterly disappointed,” he explained.
“I can only apologies but we couldn’t risk the players tonight. We’ve got a skeleton squad at the moment – we’ve been missing half of our team for most of the season now and we couldn’t take too many risks, physically where we had extra-time on Saturday.
“We had a young squad out there. A couple of them played 120 minutes as well. Physically, second half we were just a mismatch. We couldn’t keep up with the pace of the game.
“First half, we were competitive – had some good chances to go ahead. But again, we’ve conceded a couple of soft goals again at vital times when it could have gone the other way.
“Then, second half, we’ve come up short physically. But said, it’s the youngest team for Southend that we’ve announced. As I’ve said, we physically couldn’t keep up today.”
A quick scan through social media confirms that faith from the fans is on the floor, while a result like this will have done little to improve morale in the dressing room either: “Yes, for sure, it doesn’t help,” Molesley added.
“But, like I said, I couldn’t risk the players today. I can only apologies but we have to priorities Saturday.
“We’ve had real hard luck with injuries. Like I said, half of our team have been missing most of the season. We are going to have to take the positives. John White got through 45 minutes – he come int consideration for the weekend. We’ve got to slowly get the other ones back. The other ones needed to rest tonight.
“We’ve had so many Saturday/Tuesday’s – a lot of travel and obviously, some of our more senior players have come back from injury and played in a lot of games Like I said, we couldn’t risk that today.”