Blues were simply blown away by a rampant Doncaster Rovers side on Tuesday night as the nine men of Southend fell to a 7-1 defeat at Roots Hall.
Red cards for Ethan Hamilton early on and Stephen McLaughlin shortly after the interval meant Blues were hugely up against it, despite taking the lead through Isaac Hutchinson.
But a brace from Kwame Thomas and goals from Ben Sheaf, Ben Whiteman, Kieran Sadlier, Alfie May and an own goal from Nathan Ralph rounded off a miserable evening for the home side.
After the full-time whistle blew, outgoing Caretaker Manager Gary Waddock gave his final thoughts on the evening before giving his well wishes to the Blues’ new management team.
On the thumping defeat…
It did start well because of [Hutchinson’s] goal, but then thereafter it went from bad to worse.
Against a team of that quality, the way they keep the ball, it was always going to be a tough evening. A very embarrassing evening for all of us.
The positive was getting ourselves ahead, but if you lose a man that early against a team who are a possession-based team they’re always going to find the spaces to go and hurt you.
Then, again, early on in the second half you lose a second player and it’s not too often you’re in a game when you go down to nine men.
On the two red cards…
[Hamilton’s] was a long way away but it did look like a reckless challenge and I can see why the referee gave a red for that.
I’ve not seen [McLaughlin’s] but from what I can gather it was a lunge, two-footed challenge. So if that’s the case, the referee will class it as a dangerous challenge and you see red and that was the outcome.
On the new boss and his own future…
I’ve no idea what’s going to happen regarding my future, what will be will be. I’ll gather my thoughts and then a decision will be made.
They know what they’ve come into and they’ve seen it first-hand tonight. Unfortunately the sending offs didn’t help, but they’re intelligent guys, they know what they’re doing. They’re football people and I wish them all the very best.
On the fans…
I’ve got to say the crowd tonight were absolutely magnificent, bearing in mind what they’d witnessed I thought they were fantastic, so I applaud them for that.
Unfortunately, we’ve not been able to get the results that they deserve and going forward I hope they do. It’s a good club, a good set of supporters and for this football club I hope they have more success going forward.