Southend United v Oldham Athletic – Sky Bet League Two – Roots Hall Stadium – Tuesday 7pm – Preview
Mark Molesley continued to outline what he believes is required in order for his Southend United side to turn around what is already looking like a rapidly shrinking Sky Bet League Two ship.
Defeat at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday – the Blues sixth in eight matches – has left them anchored to the bottom of the EFL with little sign of forwarding momentum.
Nevertheless, the Blues chief pinned his hopes on sustained possession and a number of chances created, but ultimately passed up, during the Prenton Park setback.
“We just need to keep believing in ourselves,” the former Weymouth boss explained.
“We had a lot of chances and had a lot of possession today, and I thought we made them work really hard. Ultimately, the more chances you create the more goals you’re going to score, but we need to make more chances and keep practising to try and do that. We’ve got to keep believing in the process, keep picking ourselves up and keep driving forward.
Molesley added: “It’s a young team out there. Let’s not forget that, it’s a very young team. We started the season with seven senior pros injured, a couple of them are starting to come back now but we’re still five down with five injuries.
“We’re all learning on our feet, we know we’ve got to learn quickly, but there are enough good signs there that we are playing some good stuff, we’re just not quite being clinical enough in both boxes. That’s what football is about.”
Southend now hosts an Oldham Athletic side, themselves struggling for form. The Latics currently sit three places from the bottom with five points following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Port Vale at Boundary Park.
Jeevesie’s Prediction: Southend United 1-3 Oldham Athletic
(Quotes courtesy of www.southendunited.co.uk)