Blues’ hopes of making it through the group stage of the Leasing.com Trophy look to be all but over after Southend lost 2-0 at home to Brighton & Hove Albion’s u21 side.
The visitors took advantage of an unfortunate slip by Rob Kiernan to open the scoring through Taylor Richards before Warren O’Hora sealed the victory from a Brighton corner.
Having already been beaten by Leyton Orient in the previous group game, Southend look destined to miss out on the next round and at full time caretaker boss Gary Waddock gave us his thoughts.
On the performance…
I said to the players before the game that it was an opportunity for them. Did they take that opportunity? It didn’t look like it.
I have to say, great credit to Brighton, they’ve got some talented players. The only positive was Terrell Egbri coming off the bench and the strike at goal he had, but apart from that.
I won’t beat around the bush, I thought the whole game in general was nowhere near the standard that’s required. We didn’t do enough, at all, and the opportunity wasn’t taken so it’ll be a relatively easy decision come Friday whoever picks the team.
On what he’s said to the players…
I’ve left them with their own thoughts. I’ve not said anything to them and that is my call, I didn’t want to go into the dressing room. I will mull over my thoughts because I don’t want to go in there in the mood that I’m in at present because sometimes you might say things that you might regret.
I am quite calm normally but after a performance like that, I’d rather mull over it and have a calmer conversation when I next see the players.
They need to put a shift in for themselves, firstly, they have to look after their own careers. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve done, the players have been very good, but the last two performances – both tonight and on Saturday – were nowhere near the level that you’re looking for.