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6 April 2021

Mark Molesley was ‘gutted’ that Blues were unable to pick up a win against Morecambe and that only time will tell if the point from the 1-1 draw at the Mazuma Stadium will be good enough.

Southend had taken the lead in the first-half when Timothee Dieng got on the end of an Elvis Bwomono cross to arrow home his header, but a well-taken effort from Cole Stockton 11 minutes after the restart brought the sides level.

With both sides desperate for a win for different reasons, both had chances to win it but they had to settle for a point apiece, and after the full-time whistle in a chilly Lancashire, the Blues boss gave us his thoughts on the evening’s events.

On the point…

“Time will tell on that one [if that point is good enough], but we were definitely going for the win. We were doing everything we could to win, but if you’re not going to win the next best thing is a draw. It was important that we got something out of the game after the disappointment of Saturday. The boys are giving it everything out there.

“They were up against a very good Morecambe side who are riding high in the play-offs and they’ve got some really good attacking players and threat, and that’s why they’re up there. We blocked them out for large spells of the game, but I’ve got to give credit to their striker, Stockton, it’s a great finish at the end of the day and he’s probably one of the better strikers we’ve played against, that’s for sure.

“It’s disappointing because we were obviously in the lead, but we rallied and the game ebbed and flowed. We’re battling, we’re fighting, but we’re the first to admit that we need wins at the moment. Away on a Tuesday night against a good side like Morecambe, usually a point is good, but in our position we’re gutted that we haven’t got the win.”

On having the experience of Halford up front…

“I thought that worked well. You can see we started the game in the ascendency, got our goal and we were attacking well. I thought he and Tim [Dieng] linked up well and caused problems.

“Having his experience out on the pitch was good and key as well. Not making up any excuses, but we’re missing a lot of players again, especially experienced ones, so to have Greg Halford up there with his experience helped as well.

“I feel Greg’s done a good job up there and Tim’s scored out there today, and we’ve made more chances and had balls in the box. They’ve got an aerial threat too, and as pitches aren’t great at the moment we had to make sure that you deal with direct play, for us and against us as well. Both of them that started up front played a part in both boxes.

On taking this performance into Saturday…

“We’ve got to carry on with our processes. Saturday was a frustrating afternoon, but the lads were still committed on Saturday – they took their chances and we didn’t take ours. We felt a bit sorry for ourselves on Saturday and that’s something that we definitely can’t afford to be. We’ll never stand for that as staff, and as a group we wouldn’t stand for that. You saw the reaction and the fight out there tonight.

“There’s still a gap with both to play – Barrow and Colchester – we’ve got Crawley on Saturday and that’s all that can take our attention at the moment. We win that and we’ll see where that takes us. We’re fully focused on the next game and delivering on that.

“We’re not in a great position, we got knocked after a bad Saturday and had a lot of players missing tonight but the boys just rally and fight. They’re showing the spirit and we’re hoping we’re saving up all our luck for these last remaining games.”

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