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Bond On The Carabao Cup Exit

28 August 2019

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Southend were dumped out of the Carabao Cup at the second round stage on Tuesday night after suffering a 4-1 defeat at Roots Hall to MK Dons.

First-half goals from Rhys Healey and Callum Brittain put the Dons in charge, but Blues got back into the tie thanks to Brandon Goodship’s first goal at Roots Hall and his second in two matches.

However two more late goals from Hiram Boateng and Sam Nombe sealed Southend’s fate, and after the match the Blues boss gave his verdict on the defeat.

On the cup defeat…

It’s hugely disappointing. We found it difficult to engage them in the first-half and, to be fair, their system worked better than ours. We conceded, as we do, but I thought the change at half-time made a big different to us.

I thought we started the second-half really brightly and got back in the game and, in fairness to us, we were as dangerous as we’d looked in any game that we’d been in so far this season. We looked like we might get back into the game but two goals killed it for us again.

It’s so hugely disappointing conceding the goals that we conceded. You can’t win games if you concede the goals that we’ve conceded and until we stop doing that, we won’t be winning games.

On defensive frailties…

You have to continue to work at it. What I do think is, a positive result and a clean sheet would make a huge difference, and I think it would lift everybody massively and allow us to go forward.

With every defeat and every goal that we concede, we’re finding it increasingly difficult next time out and until we do that I think it will weigh very heavy on us.

But I do think once a clean sheet is kept, I think it won’t be a massive burden and something for us to build on. At the moment we haven’t got anything to build on.

It isn’t easy. We’ve tried to play a three [at the back], we’ve played a four and whatever system we play we seem to get punished, as we were tonight. But you can’t give up, you need to keep going and show resolve and we keep working away for that first result and that first clean sheet.

On the pressure to turn things around…

It’s a personal pressure; it’s your pride that hurts and I feel it just every bit as you would expect me to. It’s an awful situation to be in.

I’m not alone, there are other teams that are struggling too; doesn’t help us and I understand that. It’s still early days and I have every confidence that it’ll turn around.

But is it difficult? Yeah, it’s extremely difficult.

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