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REACTION: MOLESLEY ON ORIENT DEFEAT

29 December 2020

Blues boss Mark Molesley was left disappointed as Southend’s five-game unbeaten run came to an end they lost 2-0 to Leyton Orient on Tuesday night.

Sam Hart’s goalline clearance from Conor Wilkinson kept it level at the interval but a Jobi McAnuff free-kick after the restart and a cute finish from Wilkinson with 10 minutes remaining handed Southend their first defeat in December.

After the full-time whistle had gone in East London, Molesley gave the press his assessment of the defeat at the Breyer Group Stadium.

On the defeat…

“From the standards that we’ve set, we haven’t quite reached them today. We were a little bit submissive; we didn’t quite get our distances right, which has been so good lately, and that’s the disappointing thing.

“It’s [a feeling] of frustration due to the standards that we’ve set ourselves and we’ve come up a little bit short this evening. Small details have a big impact and we didn’t quite get our distances right. Having said that, we were well in the game at 0-0 and I felt the longer the game went on, the more we felt that we would get into our stride and fix a few of the problems which were happening along the way.

“They attack really well and you’ve got to give credit to Leyton Orient. They’re very athletic, quick on the counter-attack and they keep the ball well as well, so if you don’t quite get your distances right they can hurt you and that was the case.”

On their opening goal…

“The disappointing thing from our point of view is one, giving away the free-kick – we could probably be better – but with good players around you also need your wall to be 10-yards.

“You could see that everyone felt quite aggrieved. When every single one of my players is asking [the ref] to recount it, it might be a little bit wrong. Yards count, yards matter in football in that sort of area.

“Great strike from him, great free-kick, and ultimately goals change games. We never really got going and that was the disappointing thing from us tonight.”

On the unbeaten run ending…

“It’s a disappointing one that we’re going to have to take on the chin and make sure we learn from and learn quickly. The group has been on an upward trend and we’ve got to make sure this is only a blip and learn the lessons quickly.

“You treat each game in isolation. We genuinely believe that we can win every game that we play and we prepare to win every game we play. It’s a disappointing one tonight because we’ve fallen short, but we’ve got to pick ourselves up quickly and remember what’s been going well and fix what’s needed to be fixed tonight.

“We made a couple of tactical changes second-half which I felt could try and impact it a little bit better but unfortunately we conceded a second goal at a cruel time. It was avoidable from our point of view, which is disappointing, but maybe we got what we deserved tonight because we didn’t quite reach where we needed to be.”


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