Chris Powell was again left looking for answers as Blues’ winless run extended to 11-games with a 2-0 defeat away at Peterborough United this afternoon.
Goals either side of the interval from Marcus Maddison and Ben White separated the two sides, putting Southend into deeper trouble towards the bottom of the League One table.
Following the defeat at the ABAX Stadium, the Blues boss spoke to the press to give his assessment of what turned out to be another difficult afternoon for his side.
On losing out to two set-pieces…
I thought we handled them pretty well. Mark Oxley made two great saves early which is great but we know Maddison does have quality, he’s got the ability to move that ball from dead balls.
Obviously, the first one you could say is outstanding or very hard to stop; the second one, we don’t react to the save and they get to it first.
They had one or two efforts, but it’s disappointing that we’ve come away being beaten by those free-kicks.
On failing to create clear chances…
The problem we had was I didn’t think we took care of the ball well enough in the first-half. When we’ve got Charlie [Kelman] and [Simon] Cox, you have to try and play them into feet or into spaces to go forward and I just felt our quality from back to front wasn’t good enough.
Apart from Charlie having one effort early on, we needed to get into the game. When we had the moments to carry it, or delivery it, we didn’t do it right. I remember a couple of times in that first-half when we defended well, got out, but never got it up into the danger area where we have to deliver, get crosses, passes or shots in on goal.
I wanted them to keep the ball better, and we did that better in periods second-half, but you need an end product and that’s been sorely missing from us.
On the need for bravery…
I ask for [bravery] and all you can do is ask for it, and it’s down to them. At times I felt we weren’t brave enough with or without the ball.
They try, they always try, and that’s something I will say is those players always try for the shirt. But at the moment it’s not good enough for us with the position we’re in.
We need to find more, do more and by hook or by crook, somehow, we’re going to have to find it in these seven games, because if not we know what’s going to happen.
On Simon Cox’s injury
It’s very early, but he went straight down the tunnel. He’s treated himself, taken advise and what have you, so I just hope it’s just a knock that’s not too bad.
Sam Hart got through it, he got a knock early on, so we have to do our best to recover and try and move forward in what is seven [games] to go now and another big game for us next week at home to Shrewsbury.