Blues boss Mark Molesley said that there’s ‘no hiding place’ for his side after Southend fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Port Vale this afternoon at Roots Hall.
A double from Tom Pope in the second-half, both from headers, was enough to condemn Blues to a fifth straight league defeat and leave Southend without a win from their opening 10 games of the League Two season.
Molesley though remained defiant at full time and gave a rallying call to his players by repeatedly asking them to ‘stand up and be counted’ as the Southend United manager gave his thoughts to the awaiting press following the defeat by The Valiants.
On the Port Vale defeat…
“We’re in the game and we’re not getting outplayed by any stretch of the imagination, but at the same time, we’re masters of our own downfall again today. We’ve made an error at a key time in the game right after half-time and we’ve got to cut these errors out.
“I hope [we can learn from our mistakes] and we need to, and we’ve got to now. Individuals have to take responsibility now. There is no hiding place out there. We’re in a tough place and there’s no hiding now. We need to take responsibility and we need to learn quickly.
“In these hard times, it should be building character, but we need to see that character now. We can’t keep waiting thinking next week or next game, because we need to make that impact now. We’ve got to learn the lessons and there was plenty to learn out there today.
“There’s not much between the two teams. On a sticky, rainy, windy, slippery day, you’ve got to do the basics right and we’ve come up a little bit short on that. We need to learn these lessons yesterday and we need to see people stand up and be counted now.”
On trying to rebuild player’s confidence…
“You can see that confidence is a little bit lacking at the moment in the group, and it’s up to us to try and pick them up and give them that, but only wins do that. There’s not a magic formula or a medicine that you can take to treat it.
“We’ve got to stand up and be counted. Individually we’ve got to take responsibility now, cut out these errors and get that win because that’s the spark. We’re looking for someone now to give us that spark and give us that lift.
“The process doesn’t change – we still train hard, prepare the best we can like we have done every day. We prepare the best we possibly can and that is all we can keep doing. We haven’t gone short on the training pitch, we haven’t gone short on our preparation or our research, we continue to keep working as hard as we can.”
On handling the pressure…
“There’s pressure every day in life. Everyone is feeling pressure at the moment, not just in football but in the world as a whole. Football is a pressure environment, and we have to deal with it, stand up and be counted.
“We’ve got to get over this quickly and we’ve got to go to Bradford and show that fighting spirit. We’ve got to do the basics well and do the basics right.”