Southend United 1-2 Morecambe – Reaction
It must be difficult for Southend United manager, Mark Molesley, to sound like the proverbial ‘broken record’ just now.
The Blues slipped to their third successive Sky Bet League Two defeat and looked short on quality and experience as Morecambe became the latest side to leave the Roots Hall Stadium side potless in the points department.
Nevertheless, it’s clear to see the frustration etched on the 39-years-olds face. The Blues boss desperately wants to get his EFL managerial career off to a steady start but with fires to fight, seemingly both on and off the field, his patients must be admired as he attempts to turn his rookie squad into winners before they become detached at the foot of the table.
“We’re gutted and disappointed,” Molseley confessed.
“You can see how much it is hurting in there. Again, some valuable lessons were learnt, but ultimately it’s ended in disappointment. We’ve got to be better and we’ll be working hard to do that this week.”
The afternoon had begun well for the Blues, who snatched the lead inside five-minutes – the unfortunate Liam Gibson nodding into his own net after Brandon Goodship had hit the underside of the woodwork.
“We started the game brightly against a strong wind,” the Blues boss continued.
“Emile had his first start and unfortunately couldn’t last the game and we were enforced into some changes through injuries which maybe cut our flow a little bit? Morecambe are an experienced team and they’ve probably managed it a little better in the second half than we did.
“At times we need to show a bit more confidence on the ball. As I’ve said, we’re a young team and a work in progress at the moment. It is up to me to get them more confident on the ball and wins certainly help that. That hasn’t happened today so we’ve got to pick them up, keep believing in our process.
“There were certainly some improvements which makes the defeat even more frustrating. When you are trying to improve, you just want that win for everyone just to lift the spirits.”
Southend remain rooted to the bottom of the division with minimal evidence of upward movement just now. But if the club is to extend their 100-year stay in Football League, it will largely be down to the players buying into Molesley’s values and ideas, which perhaps currently belong with a more senior group equipped with the battle-hardened skills to oversee a successful campaign to beat the drop.