Blues boss Mark Molesley said that he was disappointed with his side’s display this afternoon after Southend lost 2-0 to Cheltenham Town at Roots Hall.
The visitors opened the scoring from the penalty spot after 10 minutes, after Kyle Taylor fouled George Lloyd inside the box, allowing Liam Sercombe to slot home the penalty despite the best efforts of Mark Oxley.
Blues found it tough to create chances and were limited to just a handful of openings before falling further behind after the restart when Lloyd glanced in a header. And after the dust had settled on the defeat, Molesley spoke to the press to give us his thoughts.
On the defeat…
“It’s a bad afternoon for us today and we’re very disappointed. We feel the last few weeks we were building and there was a couple of steps forward, but today was a step backwards from our point of view.
“We’ve set standards here now and we didn’t quite reach them today. I’m bitterly disappointed because we were excited going into the game, we felt it was the strongest we’ve been and we were in the best possible place, and we’ve just come up short today.
“We started a little bit slow, there was a penalty for a coming together in the box. Was it a penalty? Was it not a penalty? At the end of the day it’s happened, and we needed to react more positively. I felt we were slow out the blocks today and that disappointed me.
“They’re a well organised, good side and we all knew that. We played on the back foot today, not the front foot, and that’s not the way we want to set our teams up or how we play, and we struggled to get going at any large spell of the game.”
On the goals conceded…
“It was a game of few chances. I don’t feel we gave up that many chances, but at the same time we can’t keep shooting ourselves in the foot with giving goals away, and soft goals like today, because on the whole we’ve defended quite well.
“A lot of balls did go into our box with their long throw and set plays, and they’ve got some big players to come up and I felt we dealt with that fairly well. They were disappointing goals from our point of view and we never really created too much ourselves, which disappoints me.
“That’s something we’ve got to work hard on and fix straight away and fortunately, in football, another game comes around the corner quickly and we’ve got a chance to put things right.”
On looking ahead to Tuesday and today’s new formation…
“We’ll analyse the game more deeply now it’s over and we’ll look on Monday to see how everyone arrives fitness-wise, and we’ll want to put our best foot forward for the coming game [against Salford].
“I think [3-4-3] is a good formation for us. It gets a lot of good players in the right positions. We didn’t execute it well today and we need to be better, but I don’t think it’s anything to do with formations or tactics. We just come up short today physically, mentally, tactically.
“We were off it a little bit today, which is disappointing because we’ve had a couple of good weeks, but today was a stark reminder that we’ve got to keep working hard and we’ve got to be better than we were today. We’ll learn the lessons from today and move on quickly.”