Molesley’s Blues are learning on the job

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Crawley Town 1-1 Southend United – Reaction

It wasn’t the win the Roots Hall faithful crave, but a first Sky Bet League Two point of the campaign gleaned from a 1-1 draw at Crawley Town will certainly seem like a triumph to Mark Molesley and his Southend United side.

Nathan Ralph’s late strike cancelled out Ashley Nadesan’s first-half opener to lift Southend above Grimsby Town and off the bottom of the table. It’s now all about elevation as Southend attempt to clamber away from arguably the biggest ‘on-field crisis’ in the clubs’ 114-year history

“We’re a young side, learning on the job and learning very quickly, along with their attitude and endeavour,” Molesley said.

“But, we were down to bare bones, especially with Isaac Hutchinson’s departure to Derby – but it’s good having the likes of Harry Lennon – nearly getting through ninety minutes after surgery – and Jason Demetriou back, and Timothee Dieng coming off the bench.”

“And, you could see the mentality of the group and it’s getting stronger by the week. That’s what we need, as it’s a tough, unforgiving league.”

Moseley revealed: “I was full-time at Bournemouth and managing Weymouth – so here is just the one job. I’m loving the challenge and all my staff and players are working their socks off.”

Point saver, Ralph said: “I hope it’s the first of many goals. It was the least we deserved – although I did have a couple of first-half chances. At wide midfield, it does give me the chance to get into the box.”

The former Woking and Aldershot man added: “Now, it’s just a matter of time before we get our first win. With Exeter and Cheltenham to come, it’s now about making Roots Hall a fortress.”

Crawley boss, John Yems admitted: “Southend had a game plan and executed it better than ours.

“No one felt sorry for us when I took over here and we were ten points adrift at the bottom of the table and in administration. Nor should they do so for Southend. They’re a big club, having been in the Championship.”


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