Blues’ difficult start to the campaign continued as they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Peterborough at Roots Hall thanks to a quick-fire double from Mohamed Eisa and Ivan Toney.
Eisa got on the end of a near-post cross from Marcus Maddison to fire in from close range before Maddison turned provider again to set up Toney to score from a tight angle two minutes later.
Southend had chances of their own before going behind and hit the bar late on, but they couldn’t prevent the defeat and after the match boss, Kevin Bond gave his thoughts to the press.
On the defeat…
As you’d imagine, I’m disappointed to have lost the game because it’s compounding an already difficult position. With our form at Roots Hall and the fact the team are unable to keep a clean sheet, that just compounds that and makes it even more difficult going forward, and I understand everybody’s frustration.
In isolation, I thought we played well tonight. Since I’ve been here, we didn’t play any football, the lads were not in a state of mind where they thought they could play any football because of the circumstances that we were in.
We’d had a really difficult season, got smashed up here more times than we had before and we needed to change that around, and I think that weighs heavy on everybody. It’s certainly going to weigh heavy on everyone at the club and everyone is fully aware of it. The longer we go, the harder it becomes and we need to turn that around, and it’s not an easy thing to turn around.
We’ve got a number of new players and we’re trying to change the mentality of them, the resolve of them, trying to play some football. It will take time, regardless of what happens in the immediate future, with the group of players that we’ve got.
On turning this form around…
I wouldn’t worry about Southend’s situation in the league and where they will be as I’m completely confident that everything will be fine come the end of the season. I get, four games in we’ve got four defeats, I understand that, but I have every faith in the group of boys that we’ve got here that when we get everybody fit, we’ll be ok.
We perhaps lacked the cutting edge that Peterborough had up front tonight and we’ve not quite got the cutting edge that they had - the chances they got they took. After the first quarter of an hour of the game, I felt we absolutely dominated.
Darren was shouting at his players, get to half time and we had opportunities – Brandon had two great chances and I’d have put my house on him to hit the target. That’s the difference, when you’re up against it like we are, if you get your noses in front, wow it doesn’t half make a difference.
I thought we were easily as good as Peterborough and should have gone in front at half-time. We played some really good football, but in the end, I understand it doesn’t count for very much when you don’t get the win. But in the long term for Southend United, it’ll all be fine.
On looking ahead positively…
The next game is always the biggest game and Wycombe is going to be soon upon us. The lads are feeling it, they’re hurting, they’re suffering in there – you don’t think it weighs heavy on me? Of course it does, but we have to recognise the situation that we’re in.
I’m not trying to trivialise where we are but it’s like the end of the world is nigh and the end of the world isn’t nigh in my book, and we have to come in on Thursday in a positive frame of mind. We can’t come in on Thursday feeling sorry for ourselves.
We have to be determined, we have to go out there with a smile on our face, we have to enjoy what we do and we have to be positive. That’s what we have to do. I’m really disappointed with today, I’m really disappointed that we conceded two goals because I thought there were so many things about the game that were good tonight, but we’re in a results business, I get that.