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Reaction: Waddock on Accrington defeat

28 September 2019

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Southend were unable to build on last weekend’s win at MK Dons as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to Accrington Stanley this afternoon.

After a drab first-half lacking in chances, Colby Bishop smashed in what turned out to be the winner seven minutes into the second-half to earn the visitors all three points.

And after the game, caretaker manager Gary Waddock gave the press his view on the defeat.

On the Accrington defeat…

We’re not consistent enough with what we do, we don’t do the basics well enough and we don’t work hard enough. I’m just being honest. We didn’t deserve anything from the game.

Their goalkeeper didn’t make a save, he didn’t have to deal with anything – no crosses or deliveries into the box – so how do you expect to win a game?

[We need] to be consistent with what you do and how you work. You can do it for three games, but I’ve just said to the players that you have to do it for 10 months. It’s a long season, it’s a grind.

It was a scrappy game in my opinion and a bit of quality would win us the game, but we didn’t have the quality today to be able to unlock them. They were more streetwise than us but we didn’t deserve anything today.

On the injuries to Kelman and Cox…

That didn’t help matters, as you can imagine, and it will always disrupt the flow or the team shape. Ankles for them both; Charlie rolled his ankle in the far corner and Cox did similar.

With the sending off, that didn’t help matters, but anything that could have gone wrong today actually did. It’s one step forward and two steps back, but that’s where we are at present.

On the on-going managerial search…

It needs to be dealt with and a decision will need to be made very quickly for the benefit of this football club, to get somebody in place that’ll stabilise everything and be able to put their ideas in place, whoever that may be, and take this football club forward.

Whoever it is, that’s down to the chairman. He’ll take whatever action he needs to take to make the best possible appointment for this football club. [The chairman] will have a conversation with me and if he feels it’s right to appoint somebody else I will respect that.

For the benefit of the football club, it has to happen, it can’t just drag on and on and I know the chairman has been inundated with phone calls and people applying, and obviously people attending the game, but at some point a decision has to be made.

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