Southend United v Morecambe – Sky Bet League Two – Roots Hall Stadium – Saturday 3pm – Preview
An inexperienced squad, no goals, no points and propping up the entire Football League – it’s not exactly the most inspiring working environment for Mark Molesley to cut his managerial teeth. However, the Southend United chief continues to take the tough question, face the issues and give his utmost to steady what to many appears to be a rapidly sinking ship.
The Blues face another slightly troubled soul in Morecambe at the weekend – themselves smarting off the back of a five-goal annihilation at home to Cambridge United, then shipping another seven against Newcastle United in midweek. Nevertheless, after witnessing his side slip at Carlisle last weekend, Molesley provided honesty and stuck to the basics, an approach appreciated by Southend’s long-suffering supporters.
“We’re a young group and we’re learning,” the 39-year-old explained.
“How do you learn? You only learn from your hardships and some of the decision making at times was not the best. Maybe our conviction and believing in what they’re doing sometimes [was lacking], but that comes with a young side and that’s how you learn through days like this. They’ll be stronger for it.
“I think there were improvements from last week and you can see that we’re a work in progress at the moment, but we are working very hard. You can see the players are giving everything and we just need to have courage in our conviction in trying to apply what we know they can do.
Sometimes, when things go down we’ve got to make sure we keep picking ourselves up and keep fighting and keep coming back.”
Alan McCormack featured for an hour at Brunton Park. The Irishman’s inclusion will be vital if Southend are to pull themselves clear of trouble over the coming weeks.
Molesley also hopes to have frontman Simeon Akinola available – the former Barnet forward intensifying his match fitness after linking up with the squad.
“[Simeon] hasn’t had a pre-season. He’s kept himself fit by himself, but the way the game’s played now you need to make sure you get a good pre-season and a solid bank of work behind them.
“It’s so important; we know we’re short, we know we’re missing valuable players but we can’t risk rushing them back too quickly and then them being out for a long period as we can see how vital they’re going to be to us.”
Jeevesie’s prediction: Southend United 1-2 Morecambe
(Quotes courtesy of www.southendunited.co.uk)