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6 March 2021

Blues manager Mark Molesley expressed his frustration at full-time after Southend came away from Boundary Park with just a point following a 0-0 draw against Oldham Athletic.

The visitors had by far the best opportunities with Reeco Hackett-Fairchild and Emile Acquah hitting the crossbar either side of the interval. Acquah and Simeon Akinola also had further chances in either half that would have picked up a vital win for Blues.

However, neither side were able to break the deadlock as the points were shared, and after all was said and done in Lancashire, the Southend boss gave us his thoughts on the afternoon.

On having the chances to win…

“I think the stats speak for themselves. That’s the alarming part from today, that we’ve created enough chances to win the game and unfortunately we haven’t put them away.

“We’ve had to settle for a point which, if we’re looking at those chances, is one that has definitely got away from us. We need points at the moment and we need to score more goals.”

“Maybe it’s a lack of confidence? But at the same time, we hit the crossbar twice, we’ve come agonisingly close quite a few times. Maybe the ball isn’t quite falling for us, but again that’s just an excuse for us, we’ve got to make it happen, we’ve got to start taking more responsibility.

“We’ve got to show more quality in that final third. The pitches can be a bit troublesome but again our stats are too low in that final third for hitting the target. Today we have delivered well, we’ve caused all sorts of problems which have culminated in good goalkeeping saves, hitting the crossbar a couple of times, but ultimately it’s ended in disappointment.”

On a clean sheet…

“We always look for positives and we’re looking strong. We’re organised and we’re robust now. We’re hard to play against, we don’t give up much on our goal and we must have one of the best defensive records in the last 6-7 games in the league.

“But we’ve got to look forward. We’ve got to look at where we can improve and it’s certainly now up the other end. We need to take responsibility now. We’ve had enough shots today and we’ve put enough ball in that area.

“It’s not like we’re not making the chances. It would worry me more if we come here and didn’t create chances. We created chances but now it’s a case of getting on the end of them, keep believing and keep working hard. That’s all we can do keep trying to improve and keep putting ourselves in those situations in training trying to improve.

On Akinola’s injury…

“It was similar to the Bolton game where his back’s just locked up. It’s a back/hamstring issue which a little bit of rest made it a little bit better.

“It’s not great seeing him come off because he’s a threat. At the moment we’re lacking goals, so you don’t want to see potential goal scorers coming off injured, so we’ll have to see how that settles down.”

On back-to-back home games…

“It can change quickly and we’re in control of that. We can’t get too down, but it is a frustrating, disappointed dressing room, I can assure you.

“We were solid today, we created chances and on another day it goes an inch lower and we’ve got two goals. We’ve got to pick ourselves back up and look to iron out the creases for Tuesday [against Tranmere] which gives us a great opportunity now to put that right.”

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