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Corr: No excuses for poor performance

27 October 2013

Corr proud to skipper Blues but says moment overshadowed by defeat to Newport County

Barry Corr says his pride in captaining Blues was overshadowed by the 3-1 defeat to Newport County AFC at Rodney Parade.

With John White, Freddy Eastwood and Mark Phillips ruled out, Corr was handed the captain’s armband by Phil Brown for the first time in his career.

But he admits Blues failed to show up against Newport as they lost their third away game of the season in League 2.

Corr said: “I was really proud when the manager said I would lead the team out, it’s the first time in my career and I will look back at this moment.

“But what should have been one of the proudest days in captaining Southend United has been ruined by the loss.

“We can’t make any excuses for the performance, I think one to 11 Newport were better than us.

“We’ve not been able to say too often that we have performed poorly, but we did against Newport and that’s disappointing.

“They just seemed to want it more than us and that’s not like us at all in truth.

“I’ve said already this season how we’ve got a really honest group of players here.

“The manager has just said that we must bounce back at Mansfield and we’re all determined to do that.”

Corr was extremely grateful to the 484 Southend fans that made the trip to Wales, admitting the side had let them down.

“The support was fantastic, they stood in the rain for nearly all of the rain and backed us,” he said.

“We let them down today and that’s not good enough. The supporters travel so well and today was no different.”

The striker says the goal just before half-time was a killer blow for Blues. “We’d got ourselves back in the game despite not playing very well,” he added.

“But then we conceded on the stroke of half-time. That lifted their spirits and knocked us sideways.

“We needed to come out in the second-half and be tough to break down and then look to build on that, but we conceded a poor third goal and the game was beyond us.”

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