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2 January 2021

Mark Molesley gave his reaction to today’s postponement and said he’s trying to look at the positives amongst his disappointment.

Blues’ first game of 2021 against Newport County was postponed due to a frozen pitch at Rodney Parade.

And the Southend manager spoke to BBC Essex on the way back to Essex to offer his thoughts.

Molesley revealed that Kyle Taylor has tested positive for Covid-19 and would have been missing this afternoon.

On his disappointment at the postponement…

“It’s always disappointing. We were prepared and just doing our last minute bits in the hotel before we got on the coach ready for a tough battle.

“We’ve prepared the best we can and when it happens so close to kick-off it’s a feeling of disappointment because the juices are starting to flow ready for a big game.

“Ultimately, the game has had to be called off and we have to take the positives from it. It’s a little bit extra rest, we were missing a few players as well so it gives them a chance to be back involved.

“We’ll look at the positives in amongst the disappointment of not being able to play the game.”

On the postponement providing additional time for some to come back from injury…

“That’s the way I’m going to try and cheer myself up that the game isn’t on - it’s added rest.

“Sim [Akinola], Harty [Sam Hart] and Whitey [John White] are getting their match legs up and running. We can get another full week of training into them.

“We’ve got to rest up some players and then we get to go a little bit harder in training next week now to get people up to their peak ahead of a big game on Saturday."

On Kyle Taylor testing positive for Covid-19…

“Kyle Taylor wasn’t going to make the game today. He’s unfortunately tested positive for Covid-19. We stuck to the clear protocols and rules and kept him outside the bubble until we had a clear test which was after Boxing Day.

“He should be back available for the game next week now which is good news, but that’s another player who was going to be missing today.

“Fortunately he’s in good health, he’s got a few mild symptoms but nothing drastic and he should be joining training at the back end of next week so there’s another player to come back for us.”

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