Blues’ unbeaten start to 2020 was ended at the hands of Doncaster Rovers as they handed Southend a 3-1 defeat at the Keepmoat Stadium this evening.
Niall Ennis opened the scoring midway through the first-half before a brace from Kieran Sadlier – scoring either side of the interval – put the home side in control.
Harry Phillips would grab a memorable debut goal but it was nothing more than a consolation for the visitors and after the full-time whistle had gone, boss Sol Campbell gave us his thoughts.
On the Doncaster defeat…
They’re a great passing team and we set our stall out to frustrate them. We had a couple of chances here and there, played some good football, but we kind of lacked in a few defensive moments.
Clearances that we should have got a good connection on, they counter-attack and we allowed them to get inside the box open up the goal. It was two good goals for them but really poor for us to let them come inside and take the shot.
Last time it was a massacre. The lads have trained really well this week and gave a good account of themselves; we’ve just got to keep on fighting, try to play good football and try and win games or get good results.
On being unable to build on Accrington win…
It’s not as easy as that sometimes. Personnel wise, we’ve had a few injuries, players have gone and we’ve had to keep on regrouping every single week that goes by.
It is what it is. It’s January and for some reason it’s all on Southend and [clubs are] cherry-picking the players, but you’ve got to get on with it. All I can do is prepare the team that is in front of me.
It’s not easy with what we’ve got now, I’m trying to make things work and pieces keep on disappearing. You’ve just got to rejuggle and go again.
On Harry Phillips’ debut…
Harry’s first game and he’s done really well.
He’s come through the ranks and he’s made great strides in training with us, and he’s topped it off with a great goal. He’s played really well for his debut.