Molesley focused on the positives despite Blues defeat

Southend United 0-3 Millwall

Mark Molesley insisted his Southend United side had profited from their warm-up encounter with Sky Bet Championship outfit, Millwall, at Roots Hall Stadium.

One-time Blues midfielder, Ryan Leonard, handed the Lions the lead with a crisp volley before Ben Thompson and Tottenham loanee, Troy Parrott completed a routine three-goal triumph for the south-east Londoners. Nevertheless, the new Blues chief recognised key elements which offered a foundation ahead of the new League Two campaign. 

“There are plenty of positives to take: 75 minutes to start – the lads are building their match-fitness and they’re trying to do the right things; their reactions to things, for example, they went 2-0 down and could have folded but they didn’t,” the former Weymouth boss told 

“They kept trying to be brave, play and implement some of the things we’ve been working on and you can see that out there.”

Molesley continued: “Millwall weren’t going to make it easy for us and that’s the challenge we want at the moment. We want to be challenged, we want to be exposed to everything so we know what we can improve on.

“The lad’s attitude and application again was fantastic, and as long as they keep showing that and showing that will to want to get better then we’re on the right path.”

Southend United: Oxley, Bwomono (Howard 77’), White (Osimeh 77’), Lennon (Mitchell Nelson 20’), Taylor, Egbri (Kinali 77’), Phillips (Hutchinson 77’), Klass (Gard 77’), Green (Trialist 77’), Humphrys (Kelman 77’), Goodship (Acquah 77’) Subs not used: Seaden

Millwall (first-half): Bialkowski, M.Wallace, Hutchinson, Cooper, Thompson, Smith, Ferguson, Leonard, Bennett, Mahoney, Skalak.

Millwall (second-half): Bialkowski (Sandford, 61′), M.Wallace, Hutchinson (Muller, 73′), Cooper (Pearce, 61′), Williams, J.Wallace, Bradshaw, Malone, Leonard, Parrott (Burey, 76′), Skalak (Brown, 73′) Subs not used: Tiensia


Brian Jeeves