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5 September 2020

Blues boss Mark Molesley heaped plenty of praise on his Southend side who were unfortunate to be knocked out of the Carabao Cup by League One side Gillingham this afternoon.

Connor Ogilvie’s goal midway through the first-half was all that was between the two sides, with the hosts having to play the final half an hour with 10 men following Ryan Jackson’s dismissal.

Southend hit the woodwork twice through Isaac Hutchinson and Charlie Kelman but couldn’t find a breakthrough, and afterwards, Moleslely gave us his thoughts on the cup defeat.

On the defeat…

"I think it was a really positive performance. We created a lot of chances, hit the woodwork a couple of times and forced their keeper into a lot of saves. Second-Half, I thought we dominated, especially when the sending off happened. They’re a robust, tough side and there were certainly some lessons learnt today as well because we switched off momentarily for a set-play and it’s ultimately cost us which is disappointing from our point of view. But we’ll learn the lessons and we’ll move on.

"[The players are] disappointed in there and they need to be disappointed. We want defeats to hurt but we can’t dwell on them at the same time. There were plenty of positives to come out of that and we’ll work hard on the training ground again to try and right to wrongs and keep trying to move forward.

"I think you can see the attitude and the application. You can start to see how we like to play and, on the whole, it was a very positive performance, apart from ultimately it came down to what you do in both boxes and we switched off momentarily and couldn’t quite find the net up the other end.

"We certainly created a lot of chances and I thought on a whole, the performance was very good."

On the debuting Green and Hobson…

"I thought they both had a great debut, especially Shaun Hobson. He hasn’t trained with the group so he’s almost stepped in and played without even meeting the lads. I thought that was a very professional and assured performance for a young man, but he showed he’s wise beyond his years.

"I thought it was an exciting performance, I thought we attacked really well, we defended really well. As I’ve said there are plenty of green shoots but we’re very early on in our project, we can’t get carried away and we can’t get too down. We’ll continue to work hard, continue to believe in our processes and see where it takes us."

On his first competitive Blues game…

"As a manager, you don’t really have time to think or dwell on it. The preparation is quite intense and we’re quite brutal with ourselves and our staff. We try to work as hard as we can and you don’t have time to really sit back. Now you mention it, what an honour it has been to manage Southend in my first competitive game, but I’m looking for many more."

On Tuesday’s EFL Trophy tie…

"It’s another game to try and work on things and try and improve certain things, and we’ve got to try and get the balance right in the squad as we’re a bit short of numbers, I think that’s quite clear.

"We’ll play the game to the best of our ability. We always try and win every game, but we’ve also got a big game coming next Saturday. They’re coming thick and fast, we won’t look too far ahead of West Ham and how we prepare for that, and it’s another game and another chance to get better."

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