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7 December 2021

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Kevin Maher was disappointed at what he described as “two points dropped” after his Blues side were held at home by Maidenhead United this evening at Roots Hall.

Having gone in front on the stroke of half-time through Rhys Murphy, Southend were pegged back in the second-half as former Blues player Kane Ferdinand smashed home Maidenhead’s equaliser.

Neither side could break through to seal all three points as the spoils were shared, and the Blues boss was frustrated his side couldn’t convert their half-time lead into a win.

“It feels like two points dropped,” said Maher following the conclusion of the game.

“When you take the lead in the first-half and you go 1-0 up, you want to go on and win the game, and I thought we showed a lack of desire in the second-half to try and win it.

“It was almost a fear of going to win it and it was hard to change the momentum. They started building up a head of steam and, although we had a go after that, ultimately it was disappointing not to get the whole three points.”

The home side struggled a little bit to get going in the first-half at Roots Hall but still managed to go in front on half-time through Murphy’s ninth goal of the campaign.

Murphy though had a glorious chance immediately after and was denied by a superb save from James Holden, a moment Maher felt was potentially crucial to the outcome of the game.  

“If Murphy takes the second one it’s a lot different second-half, but we should go on and take it.

“I think the players need to show a little bit of personality on the pitch to go ‘hang on, I’ll have the ball’, take charge of situations and go dictate the game with the ball and without the ball. And if it’s not happening then they should play in the right areas of the pitch.

“We let them off the hook too easily and didn’t ask enough questions of them in the second-half.”

Maidenhead came into this one off the back of four successive league defeats, but Maher wasn’t surprised by the threats Alan Devonshire’s side posed to Blues this evening.

The Southend boss though was disappointed his side were unable to build fully on their win at Altrincham last time out, with a tricky trip to Notts County on the horizon this Saturday.

“[Maidenhead] are a tough physical team. Anyone at this level, if you allow teams back into a game, they’re going to take it and I think we done that.

“We had chances as well [to win it] and I thought we were on the front foot trying to win it towards the end. It could have gone either way.

“We haven’t lost and it keeps them below us. We’re disappointed ultimately not to win it but if you offered us four points from the last two games, maybe we would have taken that.

“Disappointing that we’ve gone to Altrincham and won and that we didn’t follow it up here with a win.”

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