Southend boss Mark Molesley feels his side just need a couple of decisions to go their way to ‘galvanise’ his side after they lost 3-0 to Salford City at the Peninsula Stadium.
Blues had two big penalty shouts go against them which could have swung the game Southend’s way with Brandon Goodship and James Olayinka both going down in the box either side of the break when Blues were just a goal behind.
After Harry Lennon’s unfortunate own goal and the two penalty shouts coming and going, further goals from former Manchester United striker James Wilson and Ian Henderson secured Salford the three points.
And after the full-time whistle in Salford, Molesley spoke to the press to give us his thoughts on the evening’s defeat as well as provide an update on Nathan Ralph who’s evening ended on a stretcher early on.
On the defeat…
“It’s another difficult evening for us. Football is about lots of moments and we showed a lot of good moments, but unfortunately, the not so good moments have cost us dearly again.
“I thought there was more intent about our performance. The boys have worked really hard again, but at key times we’ve gone a little bit sloppy and just given away some soft goals from our point of view.
“You can see they’re working, they’re fighting and we’re going close. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves, we’ve got to keep battling and keep working.
On the penalty decisions…
“We’ve had two big penalty decisions at key moments at the time, and they didn’t go for us. One went against us on Saturday at a key moment and, at the moment, we’re not quite getting those decisions.
“[For the first one] Goodship’s shown him a clean pair of heels and he’s nudged him just as he’s about to finish and he’s gone over. [The ref] said there was contact, but minimal, but it’s a shame because Brandon would have been one-v-one with the goalkeeper which he’s pretty good at.
“James Olayinka, I felt got passed his man as well. I was a little bit further away from this to see so I can’t claim it.
“I felt the one on Saturday against us was very soft but at the moment things aren’t going for us and we’re not getting that rub of the green on decisions at the moment, but we can’t hide behind that. We need to get better and get better quickly.
“We almost need that chance, that goal just to galvanise us a little bit but we’ll continue to work hard and look forward to doing these interviews when we start seeing the fruits of our work.”
On Ralph’s injury…
“He’s come off with a knee injury. Fingers crossed, we’re praying it’s nothing too bad.
“Lewis Gard is out for the season with a serious knee injury and we can’t risk losing a player of Nathan’s quality. He’s been first class, one of the first names on the team sheet since we’ve been in here and we’ve got to pray that that one’s not too bad because we can’t afford to lose him, that’s for sure.
“It’s [happened] almost where he’s landed and it’s a slight twist, but we’ll have to just see how that settles. Fingers crossed on that one.”