Naive Blues are picked off by Latics

Southend United 1-2 Oldham Athletic – Reaction

Whether you think it’s bad luck, a lack of experience or simply that they are not good enough, there is no escaping the fact that Southend United are in deep trouble.

Defeat to fellow strugglers Oldham Athletic at Roots Hall Stadium – the Blues seventh in nine Sky Bet League Two outings and their tenth of the campaign in all competitions – offered another insight as to why Southend United are currently the worst-placed team in the EFL.

The Latics late winner left the Blues anchored to the bottom with just two points. The efforts of Mark Molesley’s side, again commendable, their game management hugely questionable.

“There’s no hiding from it, it’s tough times at the moment and we’ve got to dig deep,” the Blues boss bemoaned.

“We’ve been sucker-punched a couple of times. We had a lot of the ball tonight and we did create some chances, but not enough. It was an error in possession as we went for that winner.

“We were trying to win the game and, unfortunately, we’re getting harshly punished. We have a little slip, or something is not quite on and it seems to go against us at the moment.”

Molesley continued: “I do sound like a broken record, but we can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We’ve got to keep working and keep believing. It is tough when you lose, there’s no hiding from that, no dodging that, and we’ve got to be better in both boxes.

“The last two games, we’ve had large spells of possession and created quite a bit but not enough from our standing.”

But once again Molesley and anyone with Southend United at heart must concede the old footballing adage that possession, however – neat and tidy – simply isn’t the nine/tenths of the law.

Only one statistic matter, especially when entrenched in what is already very clearly a relegation battle, and that’s winning, something more and more Blues fans are struggling to see happening any time soon!


Brian Jeeves