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7 November 2020

Blues boss Mark Molesley says he was ‘gutted’ after his Southend side twice came from behind only to lose out on penalties to Boreham Wood in the Emirates FA Cup First Round.

The home side went two ahead after goals from Jamal Fyfield and Mark Ricketts either side of half-time gave Wood a commanding lead. But two goals in three minutes for Blues from Brandon Goodship and Terrell Egbri forced extra-time.

Kabongo Tshimanga’s penalty and James Olaykina’s superb equaliser meant the tie would go to penalties and after Matt Rush and Jason Demetriou missed from the spot, Southend bowed out of the cup. Afterwards, Molesley gave us his thoughts on another frustrating afternoon.

On the cup exit…

“We’re gutted. The game ebbed and flowed and we’ve been masters of our own downfall again.

“We created a lot of chances, we hit the bar a couple of times, we’ve had penalty shouts again turned down, but we don’t help ourselves at the moment conceding the same goals, which makes life a little bit tougher.

“The response from the boys at half-time was very good. In the second-half and extra-time, we were in the ascendency. We created a lot of chances but, unfortunately, we’re not putting those away at the moment, which is another cause for concern.

“We’re not putting our chances away and teams are putting their chances away a little bit too easily against us. That’s been the story of our season so far.”

On yet another failed penalty appeal…

“We should have scored more than three. We’ve had a massive penalty shout, but that’s fairly standard for Southend at the moment, isn’t it? We have one every game that is a blatant penalty which isn’t given to us, and I bite my tongue and try not to make excuses but I’m going to have send some of these in soon because there’s far too many now.

“I keep thinking we’ll get that rub of the green but it’s not seeming to happen at the moment. There’s nothing we can do about that, that’s out of our control. We’ve just to keep concentrating on how we can be better and there’s certainly areas we need to be better in. We’re working hard to try and improve that.”

On the need for reinforcements…

“We’ve got a bit of a skeleton squad at the moment and the injuries have been harsh on us. We’ve got some big players still missing and you can see that in the stands today. But the second-half is the minimum standard that we need and we showed that when we hit that standard that we score goals and we look a good team.

“We get our stronger players back to full fitness it makes us more competitive. I think you can see the performance and the chances statistically in the second-half we’re a lot stronger, more on the front foot and we played some good stuff. We’re guilty of missing chances, we had a good penalty shout again which don’t seem to go for us, and goals change games. Unfortunately, we’re not doing right at both ends at the moment. 

“It’s a long hard look after every fixture at the moment and we’re working as hard as we can. We obviously need reinforcements at the moment.”

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