Blues were left disappointed on a blustery afternoon in Essex after Morecambe came from behind to beat Southend 2-1 at Roots Hall.
Emile Acquah had given Mark Molesley’s side the ideal start after just five minutes, nodding in on the rebound after Brandon Goodship had smashed the crossbar with his effort. But second-half goals from Aaron Wildig and Adam Phillips secured the visitors the points.
And after the full-time whistle blew at Roots Hall, Molesley gave his thoughts to the awaiting press where he spoke of his and his side’s disappointing of letting the lead slip against the travelling Shrimps.
On the Morecambe defeat…
“We’re gutted and disappointed. You can see how much it is hurting in there. Again, some valuable lessons were learnt, but ultimately it’s ended in disappointment. We’ve got to be better and we’ll be working hard to do that this week.
“We started the game brightly against a strong wind. Emile [Acquah] had his first start and unfortunately couldn’t last the game and we were enforced into some changes through injuries which maybe cut our flow a little bit. Morecambe are an experienced team and they’ve probably managed it a little better in the second-half than we did.
“At times we need to show a bit more confidence on the ball. As I’ve said, we’re a young team and a work in progress at the moment. It is up to me to get them more confident on the ball and wins certainly help that. That hasn’t happened today so we’ve got to pick them up, keep believing in our process.
“There were certainly some improvements which makes the defeat even more frustrating. When you are trying to improve, you just want that win for everyone just to lift the spirits."
On bringing in reinforcements…
“We’ve had three new players start today – Jason Demetriou, Kyle Taylor and Emile Acquah – so that is a positive for us and we’ve got four or five others waiting in the wings. Reinforcements are on their way.
“Five players added to the team makes a huge difference. You can see the difference KT, JD and Emile made today. It was an improved performance but we’re not there yet, we’ve got continue to improve.”
“We always want to keep adding value. We know where we’re a little bit short at the moment and we’re working hard to make that happen.”
On Kyle Taylor’s debut…
“[I felt he done] very well. You look at our possession and the way we passed and moved the ball, although we didn’t cut them open enough and that’s something we’ve got to do.
“He hasn’t even trained with us yet, he literally got down here yesterday afternoon and played today, so he’s just learning people’s names as he was out there today.”
On remaining positive and looking forward…
“First and foremost, we’ve got to keep working hard and keep believing in ourselves. There’s no time to feel sorry for ourselves. Yes, the league table doesn’t look great at the moment but it’s three games.
“We’re six weeks into a project, we’ve had probably our most experienced players not available yet, and we’re a young side at the moment learning their way.
“By the time our experienced players come back, the further we get into our process, the more weeks we have with the players, the more we should see some progress.”