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Reaction: Waddock on 4-3 Shrewsbury defeat

17 September 2019

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Southend scored three times on the road at Shrewsbury Town but still came away empty-handed following a 4-3 defeat at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.

Goals from Stephen McLaughlin, Stephen Humphrys and a first of the season for Simon Cox weren’t enough for Blues to grab even a point in Shropshire and build on Saturday’s draw with Fleetwood.  

And after the full-time whistle had blown, Caretaker boss Gary Waddock spoke to the press to give his thoughts on Tuesday night’s defeat against the Shrews.

On Blues’ defensive frailties…

If you concede another four, it’s always going to cause you a problem, but the goals that we concede are ridiculous goals. They’re so easy, they’re so cheap; we don’t get it going the other way. You score three goals away from home and you come away from a fixture without getting anything.

The players kept going but ultimately if you continue to concede goals, the outcome is going to be the same in any game. It seems very easy to go past someone, then go past somebody else, and more often than not, it ends up in the back of our net. It’s unacceptable, totally unacceptable.

They haven’t given up tonight, they kept going, but we have to hold our hands up and if you continue to concede goals like that, the amount of goals we conceded, it’s a problem. It’s a simple problem that we’ve got rectify and we’ve got to do very quickly. 

On what Blues need to change…

We have to do more work on the training ground, from the top end of the pitch to the bottom end in terms of defensively out of possession.

If I’m marking somebody, I expect somebody to do their very best to make it as difficult as possible, but we don’t. Then when your teammate’s in a bit of bother and he’s beaten, come across and help him out, but one of their goals I think they walked round four of our players with ease and that’s totally unacceptable.

We’ve got the group that we’ve got and we’ll work with the group that we’ve got. We’ve tried a number of formations during the course of the season and we continue to concede goals but there has to be a dogged determination to make sure you make it difficult for the opposition. We conceded far too many cheap and silly goals.

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