Southend United 0-2 Port Vale – Reaction
It’s becoming ever more difficult to see where Southend United will snaffle a Sky Bet League Two victory from at the moment.
Tom Pope’s second-half brace ultimately did the damage but in truth, visitors, Port Vale could have headed back to the north with a far bigger margin of victory under their belts.
With every defeat – and this was the Blues eighth in ten league outings – boss, Mark Molesley, has done his utmost to focus on what few positives exist during this particularly difficult period. However, with those crumbs of comfort becoming ever-thinner, the former Weymouth manager must surely now be wondering whether he has anything like the tools required to do a competent job at this level.
Nevertheless, Molesley continued to deploy something of a ‘Dunkirk’ spirit, although his sides inadequacies are clearly more of a concern with every passing setback.
“We’re in the game and we’re not getting outplayed by any stretch of the imagination, but at the same time, we’re masters of our own downfall again today” he explained.
“We’ve made an error at a key time in the game right after half-time and we’ve got to cut these errors out.
“I hope – and we need to, and we’ve got to now. Individuals have to take responsibility now. There is no hiding place out there. We’re in a tough place and there’s no hiding now. We need to take responsibility and we need to learn quickly.”
Molesley continued: “In these hard times, it should be building character, but we need to see that character now. We can’t keep waiting thinking next week or next game, because we need to make that impact now. We’ve got to learn the lessons and there was plenty to learn out there today.
“There’s not much between the two teams. On a sticky, rainy, windy, slippery day, you’ve got to do the basics right and we’ve come up a little bit short on that.
“We need to learn these lessons yesterday and we need to see people stand up and be counted now.”