Southend United 3-1 Grimsby Town – Reaction
It was somewhat strange listening to Mark Molesley criticise his side after they’d just recorded back-to-back league victories for the first time in more than two years.
However, despite grateful for three priceless points – taking Southend within a point of the safety – the Blues chief was unhappy that his side was caught napping after an explosive start.
Indeed, after Kyle Taylor’s first-minute belter, it was visitors’ Grimsby Town who enjoyed the better opportunities, twice hitting the woodwork through Ira Jackson Jr and Owen Windsor, before the former levelled on the stroke of half-time.
But Southend is beginning to look like a side built of sterner stuff. Tom Clifford and debutant Greg Halford found the net after the interval, confirming there’s life in the 114-year-old dog yet and they are not quite ready to relinquish their precious place in the EFL
“It was a game of two halves for us after a fantastic start which was everything we wanted,” Molesley explained.
“I thought it was a great, well-worked goal from us and the roar of the crowd when we scored that first goal, you’re thinking ‘great, what a start’ and we went completely the other way.
“We went on the backfoot and I can only apologise for that first-half, it wasn’t good enough. By our standards, it probably was one of our worst performances in the first half. We rode our luck at times and all I can offer is excuses on that.”
Molesley continued: “Maybe it was the magnitude of the game. We went 1-0 up and didn’t know whether to stick or twist and all of sudden they got a foothold in the game. We needed to rally and we were rallying. It wasn’t a good performance, but we were rallying and we needed to hold on but we didn’t.
“We conceded at the worst time right before half-time. Fortunately, it was in the first half and not the second-half and we could have a good sort out at half-time. The players knew – I didn’t have to say too much – the players fixed it themselves and they knew where we were going wrong.
“The difference is we’ve got some strength in depth and we showed that. The players that came on brought a new energy and changed the game for us.”