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19 October 2020

Southend United boss Mark Molesley remained positive that there were ‘clear and obvious’ things that his Blues side can improve on following Saturday’s defeat to Cheltenham Town.

Since the start of the season performances have gradually improved week-on-week, but that wasn’t the case at the weekend against the Robins.

Ahead of the midweek trip to Salford, which is live on iFollow Blues, Molesley said the task for the players is to react in a positive way, and by showing it was a blip.

Here’s what he said at Monday’s pre-match interview.

On a challenging fixture schedule...

"I feel like we're getting stronger and we're getting players back fit so touch wood at the moment we've got the cleanest bill of health that we've had so far.

"We're still waiting on Sim Akinola, John White and Alan McCormack to join us but we're hoping we can get through this period unscathed and also add to it [with those three].

"The games are coming thick and fast now, the challenge of this league is in full swing with the travel and the amount of games, so that's something we've been trying to gear ourselves up for to prepare the best we can.

"Sometimes you have to react after each game to see where you're at but what I can say is the boys have put a good shift in since we've been here and we're hoping that will stand us in good stead for now."

On whether he's still finding out the squad's best formation...

"We're learning more about the group and ourselves all the time.

"The formation change is very similar to the way that we play. Nothing changes in terms of our values, morals and the way we look to play.

"We've got to be able to adapt because we can't be a one-trick pony so to speak, we have to be able to play a few formations freely.

"We have to be ready to flip in and out, that's our plan, and the only way you get better is by trying.

"There was a reason behind us going that way, that day [against Cheltenham], and I don't think that was the reason we lost the game.

"I just felt we weren't at our best on Saturday and we've set high standards that we didn't reach.

"It's up to us to find out why that was and I think on reflection, when you look at the game with more of a clear head, there's some clear and obvious things we need to be better at. We had a good chat with the players and gone straight to work to fixing that.”

On if it was hard to keep a positive attitude after Saturday...

"We always try and keep a positive attitude around the squad because we've shown that we can compete and we're getting better.

"Saturday was a blip and we need to make sure it was a blip by reacting positively in the next games.

"All you can do after having not such a good day at the office is to go back to work and work hard which we've done.

"What makes me feel better is you can see the clear and obvious errors that we made and we can fix them. 

"The medicine is in finding out what went wrong and how to fix it, and hopefully we can fix it in the upcoming games."

On approaching the clash with Salford…

"We always give the utmost respect to the teams that we’re playing against.

"Salford are a very good side in this league, tipped to do very well.

"They’re well-run by some of the world’s best players in their time so they’re going to be well put together and a well-educated group.

"They started the season very well and they’re definitely going to be a tough challenge for us.

"We have to deal with their threats but also, off the back of Saturday, make sure we impact our game more because that was the disappointing thing from Saturday and that’s we have to look to do, whether we’re at home or away.”

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