Caretaker manager Ricky Duncan said he “enjoyed every minute” of his first experience in charge of Blues but was at the same time disappointed the result didn’t go his way against Shrewsbury.
Two goals in the second-half from Fejiri Okenabirhie and Luke Waterfall secured the Salop a vital three points and condemned Southend to a club-record 12th home defeat of the season.
After the defeat, Duncan spoke to the press to say he would stay in the hot seat as long as the chairman wanted him to while urging the players and fans to keep fighting.
On taking charge for the first time…
I enjoyed it. For me, it was something I wanted to do and I’m still up for that challenge. For as long as I have to do it, I’ll keep doing it and giving it my best because that’s all you can do.
I enjoyed every minute even though the result hasn’t gone the way you want, but it’s giving me something and food for thought. I’ve only had three days and now we’ve got a week to put something in place and build on it.
I’ve learnt more about certain players today; I’ve learnt more in those 90 minutes than the three days before.
On the defeat…
I thought both teams were a bit nervy in the first-half. I don’t think they were much better than us in the first-half. I felt a couple of times we got a bit of momentum, a few little passing patterns came off and then it just faded, and I think it was the same for them.
We said that to them at half-time, we just touched on a few bits, and then we’ve gone and conceded within five minutes which is disappointing. Then the second one goes in and that’s it, you can see we’re struggling then to try and get something from the game which is what we’ve got to try and change now in the next week.
They’ve had their two shots and they’ve got their two goals and it’s difficult to then try and then get a bit of something going from midfield and to get the boys to have the confidence to get on the ball and that’s what I think was lacking.
On continuing to fight…
It’s been a tough season and I don’t think you throw the towel in at any moment until it’s done, you’ve just got to stick with it.
If you start feeling like that, it’s going to happen. I can’t feel like that, I’m the academy manager here, the caretaker manager here, I’m the safety officer here…I’m doing everything at the moment, but I’m a positive person and I’ve learnt from that game.
We had two and a half days to try and put it all together, now they’ve got to lift themselves; no one else can. We’ve got work with you, you’ve got to do it yourselves as players, we’ve got to go again. We’re still in there, we’re not relegated and while we’re still in there, we’ve got a fighting chance and you’ve got to go with that.
On staying for as long as is needed…
I'm enjoying it and I’ll sit in this chair for as long as Ron Martin wants me to do that. As long as Ron wants me to do that, I’ll keep doing my best for the football club and if he changes it, he changes it.
While I’m here it’s not about whether I want the job, it’s not about who’s coming in, it’s about us getting ourselves right, getting ourselves organised and trying to compete to get a win somewhere for this football club so we can get back onto that road.
That’s all we need to do, just one win and the confidence in that room will go through the roof – I know it, you can feel it, but they’ve got to do it. As professionals, we keep working until the day you know it’s done.