Southend United 1-3 Bradford City
The fans might now be there, but it would be foolish for anyone connected with Southend United to doubt the disappointment, frustration, anguish and anger of the Roots Hall faithful right now.
Blues slipped to their third successive Sky Bet League Two defeat – their fifteenth of the season. This time, it was Bradford City who snaffled three points from the beleaguered Seasiders.
“We’re always disappointed because we had a great opportunity in front of us. We’ve just come up short and been punished for our own errors,” boss, Mark Molesley bemoaned.
“We know we’re not a million miles away, we knew it was going to be tough. We had a great run to get us back into the fight and now we’ve got to get that win to kickstart another run.”
But Southend never really looked like bucking the trend against a ruthless and efficient Bradford side that has found their feet of late. Gareth Evans handed the Yorkshiremen the lead midway through the opening period. And although Elvis Bwomono levelled the score with a crisp, angled effort, Bradford went on to dominate the second period.
Danny Rowe’s calm finish restored the visitors lead before Evans grabbed his second to finish the jobs with some to spare.
Blues recent revival now seems an awfully long time ago. The fans, tired of excuses, want answers as to how their favourites have been allowed to sink to such depths?
“We know we’ve put a run together and we can do it, and we need to re-enact that as quick as we can,” Molesley added.
“We’ve lost two games on errors and counter-attacks against us. Cut out the errors, take our chances and the picture can change very quickly.”
But with relegation rivals busy in the transfer market as well as picking up valuable points, that picture looks pretty bleak just now. Southend United return to Sky Bet League Two action on Saturday, January 30 when they head to Port Vale (3pm).
Southend United: Oxley, Bwomono, Hobson, Cordner, Akinola, Hackett-Fairchild, Nathaniel-George, Demetriou (Acquah 83’), K Taylor, Hart, White (Capt) (R Taylor 77’) Subs not used: Seaden, Clifford, Halford, Stewart
Bradford City: Hornby, P O’Connor, A O’Connor, Cooke (Stevens 77’), Clarke (Burrell 84’), Evans (Scales 90+1’), Watt, Sutton, Wood, Cousin-Dawson, Rowe (Donaldson 84’) Subs not used: Huffer, Canavan, French
Referee: Trevor Kettle
Assistants: Damith Bandara and Conor Farrell
Fourth Official: Gareth Viccars