Midfielder says Blues' first half performance in the FA Youth Cup wasn't good enough
Second-year scholar Jack Bridge could not hide his disappointment after Southend United were knocked out of The FA Youth Cup by Oxford United.
Blues were defeated 3-1 in a Second Round tie at Roots Hall on Monday evening, and the defeat brought the 18-year-old back down to earth with a bump after he earned his first senior call-up at the weekend.
“Football’s mad because I’ve gone from not being able to stop smiling to this, where I’m absolutely devastated,” he said in an interview for Saturday's official matchday programme, Blues.
“I’m massively upset and disappointed. The first half was really bad; everything went wrong,” he continued.
“In the second half we showed a bit of character and tried to get back into the game, but we left ourselves too much to do.”
“We had nothing to lose at that stage, so we just went for it, but the first half was embarrassing. It’s so upsetting and frustrating.”
Bridge, a veteran of three FA Youth Cup campaigns with the club, was disappointed not to reach the Third Round, although he was proud of the team’s effort in the second half.
“In the first half, they won the ball in the air, they got in behind and we weren’t dealing with things or picking up the second ball,” he analysed.
“We couldn’t find a blue shirt with our passing and they got on top and scored their goals. To be fair to Oxford, they took their chances, and that left us in trouble.”
“In the second half we did fight for it and got a goal. We could’ve let our heads go down, but we fought for it and could have scored a couple more.”
“We had a few half-chances, but nothing clear cut. Jason’s effort rolled across the line and maybe on another day that might’ve gone in, or the one at the back post for Fred, but it just wasn’t our night.”
“We can only put it down to ourselves because the first half performance wasn’t good enough,” he concluded.
You can read the full interview with Jack, where he speaks about his delight at his first senior squad call-up, his maelstrom of emotions over the weekend and his aspiration to experience league football again, in Saturday’s edition of Blues, priced at just £3.