Gillingham 1-0 Southend United
Mark Molesley spoke bullishly after witnessing his Southend United side slip out of the Carabao Cup at the first hurdle against ten-man Gillingham at the Preiestfield Stadium.
Connor Ogilvie’s first-half header proved decisive for the home side who played the last half an hour a man light following the dismissal of Ryan Jackson following fouls on Richard Taylor and Jordan Green either side of the interval.
Nevertheless, this was a spirited display from Southend, who created several decent chances during the ninety minutes.
“I think it was a really positive performance,” the Blues chief told www.southendunited.co.uk.
“We created a lot of chances, hit the woodwork a couple of times and forced their keeper into a lot of saves. Second-Half, I thought we dominated, especially when the sending off happened. They’re a robust, tough side and there were certainly some lessons learnt today as well because we switched off momentarily for a set-play and it’s ultimately cost us which is disappointing from our point of view. But we’ll learn the lessons and we’ll move on.
Molesley added: (The players are) disappointed in there and they need to be disappointed. We want defeats to hurt but we can’t dwell on them at the same time. There were plenty of positives to come out of that and we’ll work hard on the training ground again to try and right to wrongs and keep trying to move forward.
“I think you can see the attitude and the application. You can start to see how we like to play and, on the whole, it was a very positive performance, apart from ultimately it came down to what you do in both boxes and we switched off momentarily and couldn’t quite find the net up the other end.
“We certainly created a lot of chances and I thought on a whole, the performance was very good.”
Southend United now turn their attention to the EFL Trophy, facing West Ham United’s under 21 side at Roots Hall Stadium on Tuesday, September 8 (5:30pm). Blues begin their Sky Bet League Two campaign on Saturday 12 when newly-promoted Harrogate Town are the visitors (3pm).
Gillingham: Bonham, Jackson, Medley, Ogilvie, McKenzie, Maghoma (Tucker 62’), MacDonald (Willock 75’), Dempsey (Capt), O’Keefe, Akinde, Oliver (Coyle 68’) Subs not used: Walsh, Mellis, Woods
Southend United: Oxley, Bwomono, White (Capt), Hobson, Taylor (Humphrys 71’), Green, Hutchinson, Dieng (Gard 63’), Egbri (Kinali 88’), Kelman, Goodship Subs not used: Seaden, Phillips, Mitchell-Nelson
Referee: Christopher Pollard
Assistants: Mike Desborough and Samuel Ogles
Fourth Official: Damith Bandara