Molesley cautiously enthused by Blues toil

Cambridge United 0-0 Southend United – Reaction

Mark Molesley can look back and reflect upon a fruitful week which saw his Southend United side earn four points from a possible six, record back-to-back clean sheets and ultimately move out of the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone for the first time in nearly five months.

Blues followed Tuesday’s superb victory at promotion-chasing Newport County with a hard-fought goalless draw at table-toppers Cambridge United – a game the Essex side looked the more likely for the majority of the contest.

“I was really pleased with the performance,” the Blues chief enthused.

“I think the attitude, the endeavour and the work rate in tough conditions, our second away game in a week and against the team top of the table, was always going to be a tough challenge but think it’s a game where we more than matched them.”

Blues were creative, but ultimately unable to work Cambridge stopper, Callum Burton: “We had a lot of shots but probably didn’t test their ‘keeper enough, but conditions were quite dry and slippery at stages and that final pass, that final shot, we just couldn’t quite get away,” Molesley added.

“It was a full action game. We more than matched them and showed the right attitude, work rate and endeavour, and we showed all the fighting characteristics this week that we’re going to need. All we’ve done is given ourselves a platform to continue to build on that.”


Brian Jeeves