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Reaction: Bond on Rochdale defeat

1 September 2019

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Blues’ wait for a league point goes on into September after Rochdale handed Southend a 3-0 defeat at Roots Hall this afternoon.

Two goals in two minutes from Ian Henderson and Aaron Morley had the Dale on top before Callum Camps scored a third in the second-half to seal the victory.

And after Blues’ sixth successive defeat of the season, the gaffer Kevin Bond gave us his thoughts on the afternoon and his future.

On where to go from here…

I’m not thinking of my position, I’m thinking of Southend, the result and the defeat, and what we might be able to do about it at this stage. I understand the question, that’s not a decision I’ll take.

Keep working away is all you can do. I’m not absolving myself from the responsibility, but I think it’s a bit of a legacy of the recent past for Southend United and I think there needs to be changes at player level.

A lot of people have been here for a while, they’ve been through a similar situation last year and it’s almost like the norm; acceptable, which obviously it is not. As I said before, we’re not alone, it’s not just Southend United who are experiencing a situation like this.

On what needs to change…

Until we get a positive result, until we can keep a clean sheet, nothing much is going to change. Are we good enough? It would appear at the moment that we’re not good enough. Were we good enough last year? I’m not sure we were good enough last year.

We ended up, by the skin of our teeth, staying up at the back end of last season. The run they were in the middle of [when I arrived], we were looking dead and buried. Maybe we were fortunate and we’re not as good as we think we are.

We’ve changed a number of players, which I truly believe has improved the squad; clearly not enough, but we’ve still got at least 15 players here that were here last year and whether there’s an acceptance, I don’t know. It’s almost going to have to be a real big change.

On having backing from the Chairman…

Up until the last time I spoke to Ron Martin, I absolutely did have [his support]. He’s been nothing other than supportive.

I get the fans, I understand they want change, but that isn’t my decision. That isn’t something the supporters want to hear, but there’s no way that my resolve is any different.

I will be a fighter and we will find a way to get through it. Whether I’m going to be the person to do that is not a decision that’ll be mine, it’ll be somebody else’s decision


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