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Salford City 3-0 Southend United
Rock-bottom Southend United remain without a Sky Bet League Two victory this season after they slipped to a fifth defeat in seven against Salford City at the Peninsula Stadium.
Blues found themselves a goal behind at the break – Harry Lennon turning Ibou Touray’s dead-ball into his own net.
And the evening deteriorated further in the second period. Penalty shouts for challenges on both Brandon Goodship and James Olayinka were rebuffed by referee, Carl Boyeson, before Salford doubled their lead through James Wilson, then swiftly added third when Ian Henderson nodded in Ashley Hunter’s centre.
“It’s another difficult evening for us,” Blues boss, Mark Molesley explained.
“Football is about lots of moments and we showed a lot of good moments, but unfortunately, the not so good moments have cost us dearly again.”
Molesley continued: “I thought there was more intent about our performance. The boys have worked really hard again, but at key times we’ve gone a little bit sloppy and just given away some soft goals from our point of view.
“You can see they’re working, they’re fighting and we’re going close. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves, we’ve got to keep battling and keep working.”
Southend United return to Sky Bet League Two action on Saturday, October 24 when they face Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park (3pm).
Salford City: Hladky, Touray, Lowe, Eastham (Capt), Clarke, Hunter (Smith 90’), Turnbull, Threlkeld, Wilson (Armstrong 76’), Thomas-Asante (Andrade 76′), Henderson Subs not used: Evans, Jones, Denny, Golden
Southend United: Oxley, Bwomono, Ralph (R Taylor 9’), Olayinka, Dieng, Goodship (Nathaniel-George 67’), Egbri, Sterling, Demetriou (Capt), Lennon (Hobson 74’), K Taylor Subs not used: Seaden, Clifford, Phillips, Acquah
Referee: Carl Boyeson
Assistants: Conor Brown and Lisa Rashid
Fourth Official: Gary Hilton
(Quotes courtesy of www.southendunited.co.uk)