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13 March 2021

Mark Molesley and Southend United were again left frustrated after Blues played out a 0-0 draw against Stevenage at Roots Hall this afternoon.

In a repeat of the scoreline in the reverse fixture back in December, Southend again had the better of the chances and twice went close through Simeon Akinola and Nathan Ferguson, with the latter only being denied by a superb save by Jamie Cumming.

Stevenage though held firm to pick up their sixth successive clean sheet and prevent Blues from picking up a vital three points in their battle against the drop, and after the game, the Southend boss gave his thoughts on the 0-0 stalemate.

On the draw…

“We’re obviously disappointed. You can see that we’re going out and doing our best to win a game of football today. We’ve started fast and had plenty of chances and unfortunately when you’re in the ascendancy you’ve got to make that dominance count and you’ve got to find that goal.

“We went very close, so it wasn’t through the lack of effort or trying. There was a clear reaction from Tuesday [against Tranmere] where we started slowly, and we started fast and strong today, had multiple corners, crosses, shots and their keeper has made an unbelievable save from Ferguson’s free-kick.

“We’re knocking on the door, we’re making chances, we’re shooting more and we’ve kept solid again. I think Montgomery has had one save to make in the whole game. Their goalkeeper was a lot busier than ours and that’s against a very well drilled, organised Stevenage side that are the best defensive team in the league currently.

“They are hard to break down and when you do get chances you’ve got to make the most of them. Unfortunately, we’ve had another day where we haven’t made the most of our chances.”

On the switch to 4-4-2…

“I think it went really well. We were asking questions, knocking on the door and we were causing problems.

“We’re a goal away. We just need that one to lift everyone and get that confidence going. Goalscoring is a confidence thing and the quicker we get one, the more I’m sure we will kick on.

“The lads are working hard. We’re really solid, we’re hard to beat and we don’t give much away. Now we just need that goal.”

On another game without a goal…

“There’s no hiding from it. There’s no hiding from the pressure, you’ve got to stand up and use that as motivation.

“The pleasing thing is that we’re asking questions, we’re putting crosses in, we’re having shots. The more time you do that the more chance you’ve got of scoring. We’ve got to keep working hard, keep believing in ourselves, keep building and wanting to get better, and I’m sure we’ll turn it around. That one goal I’m sure will lift everyone.

“The mentality of the boys was great. We were disappointed with our first-half display on Tuesday, and we came out of the traps fast today. We were very close to scoring and having a very different interview. At the same time, we haven’t and we need to fix that. We’re running out of games. We’ve got to act and we’ve got to act quickly.”

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