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28 March 2022

New loan signing Kenny Clark felt that a poor start cost Southend United in their 2-0 defeat against Yeovil Town at Huish Park on Saturday.

Blues found themselves two goals down in the first eight minutes on the match, and Clark, who made his debut for Kevin Maher’s side in the heart of defence, felt the visitors gave themselves a “mountain to climb.”

"Pleased to get my debut, disappointed with the result," said the centre half.

"We knew coming away to Yeovil is a tough place to come and we can’t give them a leg-up in the first 10 minutes which we did.

"We went in at half time and we said we’ll try take the second half in three 15 minutes, and try to get an early goal.

"But we just can’t give teams a two-goal head start."

Blues struggled to dictate the game in any way, leaving the Glovers in full control of the fixture in its entirety.

And Clark felt that his side failed to mix it up and give the hosts something to think about, with Ted Cann in the Yeovil goal enjoying a relatively trouble-free afternoon.

"We knew they’re a no nonsense, relatively direct team and you have to stand up against that," said Clark.

"We knew what we were up against, but I felt like we didn’t have a plan B."

Despite the poor performance and the recent falter in form, which has seen Blues lose three of their last four outings, Clark insists that Maher’s men will bounce back.

The centre-back believes that he will bring the experience that the side requires to push in a positive direction once more.

"We’ll look at the goals and a couple of things that went on during the game, but we’ll stick together and of course we’ll bounce back," said the experienced defender.

"I’m hoping to come in and help the boys out, Kev was saying it’s a young team and we need a bit of experience to help creep up the table.

"I will try and give as much help to the young lads either side and in front of me and give them that voice that they need.

"It’s a fantastic group, very young group but they have all the right attributes, so it’s about getting a few old heads in there to help stick together and bounce back from this and I’m sure we’ll be fine."

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