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Reaction: Bond's thoughts on Wycombe defeat

24 August 2019

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Southend were unable to hold on for a first point of the season as Blues fell to a 4-3 defeat to Wycombe having been two-goals up twice at Adams Park.

Scott Kashket’s strike in the second minute of stoppage time completed a remarkable turnaround for the Chairboys who’d only equalised through Anthony Stewart in the 89th minute.

And after the game, boss Kevin Bond spoke to the press and gave us his thoughts on the defeat to Gareth Ainsworth’s side.  

On losing at Wycombe…

As you can imagine, it’s like a knife to the heart. It’s bitterly disappointing but we’ve really only got ourselves to blame. We got a two-goal lead, then another two-goal lead with 35 minutes to play and we can’t defend a two-goal lead.

Rarely have we been in front and had a lead to defend, so today we gave ourselves a two-goal lead with half an hour to go and we couldn’t do it. Words fail me when it’s so important to us at this stage, everybody was aware of that. I would expect us to see the game out.

Personally, it’s killing me. I understand as a manager you need to get results; I completely understand that. But it hurts so badly when we got ourselves into a two-goal lead on two occasions and couldn’t see the game out.

On Humphrys and Goodship scoring…

We done the job that we come here to do. We knew we would be put under pressure; we knew we had to deal with that and ultimately, we didn’t. We were a goal in front at 89 minutes and go on to lose the game. I don’t know what to say.

I’m delighted [they scored] but it means nothing. I’m delighted for them both; two great goals from Stephen, a great goal from Brandon that will do him the world of good, but it doesn’t mean anything in the big scheme of things. Results are what we’re after.

On whether he would’ve changed anything…

I don’t think so. There were a lot of tired legs out there from a number of people as the game progressed, but the substitutes that we made were substitutes that we felt we had to make because they were flagging more than the others.

I thought Layton Ndukwu would help us keep the ball, which he did in fairness, and I thought Andre Blackman might help us keep the ball as Elvis Bwomono was out on his feet. At that stage, Stephen Humphrys was out on his feet and Brandon Goodship was really tired.

Would it have been different if we’d made another one? Possibly. But was it down to that? Absolutely not.

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