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McLAUGHLIN | “We should have been two or three goals up"

6 August 2016

Blues midfielder disappointed Blues couldn't make first half chances count v Gillingham.

Winger Stephen McLaughlin felt the inability to capitalise on a good start to the game eventually cost Southend United the points in the opening day 3-1 defeat to Gillingham.

Blues had taken the lead in the match as McLaughlin fired Southend ahead inside the opening 25 minutes.

But as the home side looked for a second, Jay Emmanuel Thomas levelled things up for the Gills just before the break.

The game was then turned on its head by two second half goals from Max Ehmer and Emmanuel Osadebe to summon the Blues to defeat.

A game of two halves cost Southend as McLaughlin felt the Blues should have made the early pressure count with further goals.

“It’s not the start we wanted.” He said.

“We actually started the game pretty well and for 35 minutes we were on top.

“We should have been two or three goals up easy; Mooney had a good header which brought a good save from the keeper and Cox pulls one back for him and he’s miskicked it.

“On another day Mooney puts them away, everybody knows that, he’s a top striker and he will score goals this season, but if we put them away we go two/three up and I think the game is dead and buried.

“It’s disheartening. The goal scored doesn’t make any effect anymore and it’s killing me and all the boys at the minute.”

Tuesday night’s EFL Cup tie at home to Gills presents Southend with an opportunity to bounce back quickly, and McLaughlin is hoping the team can put right a few wrongs in that fixture.

“There’s no better way to get back on track than playing Gillingham again on Tuesday at home.”

“Hopefully we can get the crowd back again which were unbelievable today and hopefully we can do the business for them.

“We’ve talked about today’s game and we know the second half just wasn’t like us so we know where we have to go from here.”

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