Blues boss Mark Molesley said that his Southend side were hurting after losing 2-0 to Carlisle United at Brunton Park this afternoon.
A quick-fire double from the home side, with goals from Omari Patrick and Josh Kayode handed Blues a second defeat at the start of the League Two campaign.
And after the full-time whistle blew in a sunny but blustery Cumbria, Molesley spoke to the press to give his thoughts on the defeat to Carlisle.
On the loss to Carlisle…
“We’re obviously disappointed and we’re hurting. That feeling will never leave us and should never leave us. At the same time, the lads have given everything out there; they’re certainly working their socks off but we’ve just come up a little bit short today.
“I felt we started the game really brightly and fashioned a few good openings. The first goal was always going to be key with us both having opening day defeats and unfortunately a ricochet off the shot from the edge of the area [put them in front].
“There were probably things we could have done better in the lead-up, but we found ourselves 1-0 down, and then we were done on the counter-attack. We had a good attacking opportunity ourselves; we’ve lost the ball on the edge of their area, they’ve attacked and shown they are very athletic and lively upfront and they got the second goal. First half we had a good start, some disappointing moments and then second half we huffed and puffed a little bit but didn’t quite create enough.”
On learning from defeats…
“We’re a young group and we’re learning. How do you learn? You only learn from your hardships and some of the decision making at times was not the best. Maybe our conviction and believing in what they’re doing sometimes [was lacking], but that comes with a young side and that’s how you learn through days like this. They’ll be stronger for it.
“I think there were improvements from last week and you can see that we’re a work in progress at the moment, but we are working very hard. You can see the players are giving everything and we just need to have courage in our conviction in trying to apply what we know they can do. Sometimes, when things go down we’ve got to make sure we keep picking ourselves up and keep fighting and keep coming back.”
On new signings Alan McCormack and Simeon Akinola…
“You could hear [McCormack’s] voice out there and that’s something we’ve certainly been lacking. Hopefully, reinforcements are on their way with the older players coming back and you can see what a difference it makes.
“Unfortunately he only came in and trained Thursday and Friday and hasn’t had a backlog of games so we couldn’t risk him any more than the minutes that we did. It’s another positive that he got 60 minutes out there and a good experienced player has joined us.
“[Simeon] hasn’t had a pre-season. He’s kept himself fit by himself, but the way the game’s played now you need to make sure you get a good pre-season and a solid bank of work behind them.
“It’s so important; we know we’re short, we know we’re missing valuable players but we can’t risk rushing them back too quickly and then them being out for a long period as we can see how vital they’re going to be to us.”