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26 January 2021

Blues boss Mark Molesley has spoken of the need to cut out the errors which have cost his side in recent matches after Southend fell to a 3-1 defeat to Bradford City this evening.

Gareth Evans put the visitors in front before Elvis Bwomono’s first goal in almost a year levelled things up at the interval. But a first Bradford goal for Danny Rowe followed by a second of the night for Evans ensured Blues’ winless run extended to four matches.

And after the full-time whistle had gone at a wet and windy Roots Hall, the Southend manager gave a frank and honest assessment of his side’s defeat to the Bantams.

On a third straight home defeat…

“It’s not ideal and not what we’re looking for, that’s for sure. We’re absolutely gutted, disappointed, the usual emotions you have after a game because it’s a tough feeling. But we’ve been in this position before, we know we can get a run going and we need to get that run going straight away on Saturday [against Port Vale].

“The difference between the games is we’ve made some errors again, we’ve slipped on two of the goals and they’ve counter-attacked on us. The goal on Saturday [against Mansfield] was through a counter-attack where we’ve gone to attack and been hit up the other end, so we’ve got to fix that.

“Our shape went a little bit and there were unforced errors, slips, things like that. They’re not slipping on purpose, but unfortunately, when you’re down there it’s not quite going for you.”

On missed chances…

“We’ve had some guilt-edged chances again ourselves that we haven’t taken and we’ve been punished again tonight.

“We’ve had a great chance, another penalty shout, Elvis [Bwomono] has sat the keeper down and done everything right and has agonisingly shot past the post. And in the second-half, Reeco [Hackett-Fairchild] had a great volleyed chance, a free-kick right on the edge of the area – was it a penalty? Was it not? I don’t know – but the free-kick was another great chance for us.

“We had some guilt-edged chances, we didn’t take them, they took theirs and unfortunately that’s been the story of our last few games. We’ve got to fix that and quickly.”

On the debuting Cordner…

“I thought he done really well. You can see his range of passing, both footed, strong and aggressive and I thought he had a really good debut.

“He gives us another option. He gives us options for that type of formation as well and we’ve brought him in to play and push, and make that competition for places.”

On the feeling in the dressing room…

“We’re always disappointed because we had a great opportunity in front of us. We’ve just come up short and been punished for our own errors.

“We know we’re not a million miles away, we knew it was going to be tough. We had a great run to get us back into the fight and now we’ve got to get that win to kickstart another run.

“We know we’ve put a run together and we can do it, and we need to re-enact that as quick as we can. We’ve lost two games on errors and counter-attacks against us. Cut out the errors, take our chances and the picture can change very quickly.”

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