Southend United 0-0 Walsall – Reaction
It was another ‘brave faced’ post-match approach from Mark Molesley, but even his enthusiasm must be waring thin after he witnessed his Southend United side draw yet another Sky Bet League Two blank.
Southend have failed to score in 21 league matches this season and now haven’t netted in open play in any of their last seven. Nevertheless, the Blues boss insisted his side had given their lot.
“I can’t ask any more from my players – they’re giving everything out there,” he explained.
We’ve gone down to ten men and just attacked. As soon as we went down to 10 men all we did was attack and put crosses in the box, but being a player down we’re not getting as many players in and around it and I felt there was only going to be one winner out there tonight.
“The first-half was a bit bitty. There were quite a lot of fouls committed by us being a bit overzealous because we wanted to win. In the position that we’re in, we’re giving everything, we’re trying to fight and we were probably a bit too hyped up almost and a couple of niggly fouls didn’t give much flow to the game.
Molesley continued: “But the more the game settled down we got on top. We hit the crossbar, we’ve had Timothee Dieng’s header which didn’t quite get enough connection on it, crosses in the box again and we’ve come away from another game where Oxley has made one save.
“It was one save at the weekend, one shot on target against us again tonight, but it’s the other end of the pitch where we haven’t put our half-chances away. We created a lot again, but it’s that final third and that little bit of quality which we’ve been sadly lacking. We’re hurting that we haven’t won the game.”
On the red card for Sam Hart, Molesley added: “I’ve had a chat with the referee to have a look at Harty’s one because I don’t think it was a sending off at all when I’ve looked at it back.
“In hindsight, I get a chance to look at it back; at the time it was a coming together of players, a quick clattering of players. Walsall didn’t help the situation, but Harty has gone in to win the ball, actually won the ball and had his back leg taken away.
“It was a coming together of players at speed, so it looks quite bad and I can see why the referee gave the red card. But looking at it in slow-motion, it’s two players going for the ball very quickly and a nasty coming together.