See what various sections of the media had to say about Blues 2-0 defeat to AFC Wimbledon on New Years Day...
AN out of sorts Southend United suffered a New Year's Day hangover at AFC Wimbledon as their poor run of results continued with a 2-0 defeat.
Goals from Liam Trotter and Tom Soares secured the struggling Dons all three points as the Shrimpers slumped to a sixth defeat in seven games.
The latest setback, which made it seven away matches without a victory, also saw Blues slip down to 17th in the League One standings, just four points clear of the relegation zone.
And Phil Brown’s side could have no complaints about the result as the Dons dominated the majority of the match.
Lacklustre Southend are only four points off the drop zone, after suffering a New Year’s Day reverse at improving Wimbledon.
Liam Trotter and Tom Soares strikes eased the hosts to a comfortable win, with Southend boss fearing for his future, by admitting: “I have the full backing of the Chairman - but in tight situations like these it [the sack] is always in the back of your mind. I will see how far things go.”
AFC Wimbledon moved to within a point of safety with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Southend.
Liam Trotter and Tom Soares scored their first goals for the Dons to inflict a fifth defeat in six league games on the visitors, who were second best throughout.
The hosts went ahead after 27 minutes, when Callum Kennedy's pinpoint cross was nodded into Trotter's path by Lyle Taylor and the midfielder had time to compose himself and fire past Mark Oxley.
It was no less than the home side deserved, and they might already have been ahead had Oxley not denied Taylor with a fine save.
Wimbledon doubled their advantage shortly after the break, when Deji Oshilaja's header was diverted in by Soares, despite a frantic attempt to clear on the goal-line.
Southend did have chances of their own, Marc-Antoine Fortune and Dru Yearwood bringing saves from George Long, while Simon Cox and Jermaine McGlashan both failed to hit the target.
But Wimbledon were good value for their two-goal win and never looked like surrendering it.
Midfielders Liam Trotter and Tom Soares both struck their first Wimbledon goals to provide the perfect start to 2018 for Neal Ardley's men.
The contributions of Trotter and Soares in the centre of the park have often been acknowledged by Neal Ardley and both players deserved to grab headlines for their goalscoring exploits.
A 2-0 victory was fully merited for Wimbledon and a total of seven points from 12 during the holiday period has certainly raised hopes of climbing the League One table during the rest of 2017/18.
This was Wimbledon's second successive victory at the Cherry Red Records Stadium and maintaining that turnaround in home form will be key to achieving that aim. An impressive win - Wimbledon's first home victory against Southend since the club was reformed - also set the Dons up nicely for Sunday's Emirates FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.
With Wimbledon having had a testing holiday period schedule, Neal Ardley decided that yesterday's match was the right one to make several changes to his starting line-up. Callum Kennedy, Will Nightingale, Tom Soares, Egli Kaja, and Harry Forrester all earned recalls with Jon Meades, Darius Charles, Anthony Hartigan, Andy Barcham, and Cody McDonald making way. With Barry Fuller still out injured and Darius Charles on the bench, George Francomb was handed the captain's armband.