In the wake of yesterday’s 2-1 home-defeat to Southend United, here are some views on the game from the Shrimpers’ manager Paul Sturrock and a few of their fans.
“I was thoroughly impressed with the work rate and endeavour that the boys have shown today,” said Sturrock in his post-match interview.
“I thought the excitement of Wednesday (reaching the JPT final) was going to take its toll, but the boys rolled their sleeves up and got stuck in.”
“They worked extremely hard. We didn’t get off to the best of starts but we came in at half-time, changed a few things and were much better after the break.”
“I’m delighted because we’ve shown real character. To score twice in the second-half, come from behind, and then hang on is fantastic.”
“It’s a big three points because we needed to get back on the rails in the league.”
The Southend fans thought they deserved to win and were delighted to get their promotion challenge back on track.
The following extracts are taken from Shrimperzone and the Southend Echo.
‘Fantastic win considering that after the first ten minutes I thought we were going to get battered.’
Spaceman Spiff wrote:
‘I thought we were the better side in a pretty dreadful match… worthy of the win in the end – Wycombe’s goal was their best moment by far – their other brief glimpses were more down to poor passing/defending from us than any great skill on their part. They were pretty woeful.’
‘Wycombe played some good stuff but apart from their goal they didn’t really have too many chances.’
‘I thought they looked non-threatening.’
‘Wycombe’s finishing was poor. We had a 15 minute purple patch after our first goal but then looked leggy until the winner.’
Semi-Spanish Shrimper wrote:
‘We were the better team but didn’t ever get going. Smith could do nothing about Morgan’s goal, but wasn’t really tested that much apart from a match-winning save right at the death.’
Chris Powell’s mate wrote:
‘When McClure has a gilt-edged chance to deny us a win, Smudger Smith is down like a flash to his right with a two-point winning save. That save could make all the difference at the end of the season.’
‘Another away win, and we have some of our better players still to return.’
‘Is anyone else thinking about the double – the double being two visits to Wembley. I didn’t think we would make the playoffs last week, but we do seem to have our mojo back.’
‘Play offs here we come. Well done Sturrock and the boys – fantastic week to be a Shrimper.’
Clinton Baptiste wrote:
‘Still haven’t lost with Trevor Kettle as ref. Lets hope he does the JPT final!’
‘What an amazing Week … god I love being a Southend Fan.’
‘Wycombe are a top little club. I thought the stewards were friendly, from congratulating us on getting to Wembley, to almost apologetically searching us on the way in, to showing common sense with the way they handled the celebrations after the second goal. One of the first thing the tannoy announcer did was congratulate us on Wembley and a nice touch at half time getting some young Blues on the pitch too.’
yogi bear up the cagire wrote:
‘I’m not sure our north essex neighbours would agree wholeheartedly with your opening comment! There are indeed reasons why Wycombe may have a soft spot for us. Seem to remember the last time we went there in 2011, they got a victory and three points which got them promoted from League Two. It doesn’t take rocket science to work out that we have a common interest…or rather, hatred!’
Next Game: Torquay v Wycombe – Tues 26th Feb – 7.45pm