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20 March 2021

Anguished Southend United boss Mark Molesley couldn’t help but show his frustration as Blues let slip a potentially vital three points away at Scunthorpe United this afternoon.

Southend looked set for a first win at Scunthorpe since 1983 and a first-ever win at the Sands Venue Stadium after Ashley Nathaniel-George had put away a penalty after an off the ball incident between Timothee Dieng and Scunthorpe captain Jordan Clarke with 10 minutes remaining.

Clarke saw red for his part in the incident but the Iron managed to find an equaliser in the 90th minute to cruelly break Southend’s hearts once again, and after the full-time whistle Molesley gave us his thoughts on the draw.

On the late equaliser…

“It feels exactly like a defeat. It was a disastrous end to the game for us. A game that we have done more than enough to win, again, and they’ve scored with their only shot on target in the game.

“We had enough bodies to defend and deal with that situation. We’ve dealt with it so well all game and have done well in those situations.

“They’re saying it’s a cruel ricochet, it went through about two players’ legs on the way in and fell to their man who dispatched it, but we’ve got to defend that better and organise better. In such a critical game, time and again we’ve failed to do that and have been punished.”

On a missed opportunity…

“It was the same against Stevenage and against Oldham where we end up drawing games we should win.

“A couple of the games earlier on in that run too we probably should have drawn which we’ve lost and we haven’t picked up the points, which is why we find ourselves where we are.”

On the run-in…

“The games are slipping through our fingers and we’ve got to make every one of them count.

“We fluffed our lines today. Unfortunately, it was a repeat of last Saturday against Stevenage and we’ve got to be big, strong and brave now.

“We’ve got make every game count.”

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