Blues boss Mark Molesley said that this afternoon’s defeat was another tough one to take and said that Southend were masters of their own downfall as they lost 3-0 to Bolton Wanderers.
Having defended superbly in the first-half, Blues were caught in first-half stoppage time by a Nathan Delfouneso header before two goals Eoin Doyle in the second-half – the first from the penalty spot, before a second from close range – put Southend to the sword.
And after the full-time whistle at the University of Bolton Stadium, Molesley spoke about his frustration after a second successive defeat for his Southend side.
On the Bolton defeat…
“It was difficult one to take because we were masters of our own downfall again. We were competitive in the game, I thought we were working hard and we’re just falling short at the moment. We’re not punishing teams and teams are punishing us.
“It falls to what you’re like in both boxes, and we’ve been punished again today when we’ve had good moments in the game and we’ve not made them count.
“Bolton are a very good side and have got a lot of good experience on the pitch. When they got their chances, they made us pay and, unfortunately, we’re not making them pay for our hard work.
“You can see the boys working hard and battling, and we had some good moments in the game. It was never going to be easy coming here, but we’ve got to be more ruthless.”
On turning fortunes around…
“We’ve got to keep believing in ourselves and keep working hard in training. We’ve got some players coming back, we’ve got some players catching up with fitness, but unfortunately, we are short of goals and we need to fix that as quick as we can.
“It’s a mixture of both [needing players within the squad to score and bringing people in]. We’ve certainly got good players. You can see them and they can finish in training, and they’re working hard for the chances.
“They’re so important to us at the moment, goals, so maybe it’s a pressure thing. It’s not for the want of trying. The lads are working hard and you can see that. Bolton had a lot of possession but they didn’t have too many clear-cut chances, same as Forest Green.
And that’s the horrible thing, it was the same on Tuesday – we worked so hard and come up short to, essentially, a mistake for the first goal. We should have cleared it, and the same’s happened today; we should have cleared it more effectively and we haven’t and we’ve conceded. We’ve got to be more ruthless in those situations.”
On a big week ahead…
“You can see that we’re up for the battle, there’s no questioning the boy’s work-rate and endeavour, but our execution has been sadly missing.
“The next game is always the biggest and every game is crucial. We know that the pressure might be mounting from the outside when you’re looking at that table, but we’ve got to be clear and clinical with how we execute our game plans, and we can only control what we can control. That’s how we train, how we prepare, and we’ve always done that to the best of our ability.
“We need to get some consistency in team selection, so we need to get our best players on the pitch, and we need to have a run of doing that. We haven’t been able to do that this season, but from last week things are improving.
“We had 12 out for Forest Green. A few of them were available for today, but two weeks in isolation isn’t the best preparation for the journey today. We’ll catch that fitness up this week. It’s a big week.”