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Southend United 1-0 Barrow – Reaction
Mark Molesley heaped praise on match-winner, Reeco Hackett-Fairchild after the Blues new loanee grabbed the only goal of the game to sink Barrow at Roots Hall Stadium.
Blues remain button of Sky Bet League Two but have pulled a clutch of clubs into the relegation battle after recording their fourth-successive home victory.
“A great moment of pure quality from him, but it wasn’t just the goal that I was impressed with. I was impressed with his work-rate and his endeavour to win the ball back for us high up the pitch,” the Blues chef enthused.
“I thought he put in a good slog. He needed to come off – we’re hoping that’s not a bad injury, it’s more just over-tightness – but just before he joined us he did have two weeks out with COVID.
“He’d only had a few days training with us, a few days training before he came, so that might explain why he did an hour, 70 minutes.”
Blues were forced to play the last half-hour a man light after Greg Halford was dismissed after picking up a second yellow card for a clumsy challenge on Scott Quigley. Nevertheless, Molesley though the Blues man had been harshly dealt with by referee, Chris Pollard: “I felt the second one was a bit harsh, to be honest,” he added.
“He just dangled his foot there, but we were on the halfway line and had plenty of defensive cover. Their guy just rolled around him, it wasn’t like he was getting away or anything.”
Southend’s recent form has given them a decent chance of pulling clear of the dropzone. Molesley was again satisfied with what his side had given him: “I’m delighted with the win, but I’m more delighted with the fashion of the win,” he explained.
“That defensive mentality, that work-rate, that determination and fight that the boys showed was second-to-none.
“I thought the defensive organisation was superb since the sending off. I think we limited them to very few chances, despite their large spells of possession which showed how disciplined we were in our jobs.
“You can see the improvements in the squad in terms of our organisation and defensive structure. But it’s just one game. You can’t get too high when we win – can’t get low when we lose.
“We were bitterly disappointed at Leyton Orient where physically we weren’t at our standards but then we’ve certainly shown that today and it was key to get a reaction and boy did the boys show that.”