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The Opposition View

Following yesterday's 1-1 draw with Southend United, here are some views on the game from Shrimpers' manager Steve Tilson and a few of their fans.

Tilson was disappointed to only take a point and felt his side deserved more.

Speaking to his club's official website, he said: 'I thought we were excellent and individually I thought we were better than them.'

He described his players as lively in attack and said 'We had the chances, but it just didn't fall for us in front of goal to win the game, but if we keep playing like that, we will win more games than we lose.'

The Southend boss made mention of striker Dougie Freedman's second-half penalty claim but said nothing about the foul on goal-bound Wycombe striker Jon-Paul Pittman shortly beforehand.

He was also dismayed to concede the opening goal from a set piece, but added: 'We scored at the right time with one of our own. The short corner worked and Jean Francois was scored an excellent header.'

After three draws so far this season Tilson summed-up his thoughts by saying: 'If I'm honest we could have been in the top four by now, but we are still unbeaten and we are certainly going in the right direction, we're still gelling as a team and getting better.'

The Southend fans were also disappointed not to have taken all three points.

The Following extracts are from BBC606 and 'Shrimperzone.'

ibwiajwa wrote:
'So frustrating. Three games now where we've played the better football and come away with a draw.'

Clinton Baptiste wrote:
'A game we should've won but for the same problems - no cutting edge in front of goal. Wycombe were there for the taking but we will struggle until we get more quality up front and out wide.'

'In all honesty we should have won that game hands down. The way we kept the ball and the build up to various attacks was a joy to watch and it's a shame we spurned decent chances when faced with goal.'

Blue_Wes wrote:
'We could easily have bagged the winner with Barney's effort whistling just over the bar when the Wycombe keeper rushed out in a moment of madness. All in all a good performance, passed the ball well, and restricted them to minimal chances, just a shame we couldn`t finish them off.'

OldBlueLady wrote:
'I Was impressed by our performance, we moved the ball about well. Shame we couldn't get an end product.'

fbm wrote:
'Last night Southend played some of the crispest approach play I have seen in years. Wycombe were chasing shadows in the second half at times and it was unfortunate that we couldn't get the second goal.'

shrimper dan wrote:
'Completely dominated the game but no end product. Officials were shockingly bad for both teams, they didn't have a clue what they were doing.'

Welly7 wrote:
'Overall, I thought we were more than worthy of our point against a poor Wycombe team that will surely be struggling at the bottom end of the table for much of the season.'

There was a mixed reaction to ex Shrimper Matt Harrold who scored Wycombe's only goal:

Clinton Baptiste wrote:
'Thought Harrold looked pretty good tonight considering he was playing up-front on his own, he certainly looked better than our two strikers.'

CyrilSneer wrote:
'Behave, he was rubbish. Hard working yes, talented no.'

ElstreeBlue wrote:
'Well done to the 'fans' who booed and jeered a good, hard-working target man out of the club. Happy now? Yes, Matt Harrold didn't score many for us but his team contribution helped our side to many wins. Shame some people didn't see any of that and just got their kicks out of deriding the poor bloke. Good luck to him. Hope it all works out well for him at Wycombe and he's able to relax and enjoy his game a bit more now. Anyone know whether the Wycombe fans boo him as a motivation tactic?'

Richard Cadette wrote:
'Matt Harrold never was, and never will be, good enough to be part of a squad which aspires to be successful at this level.'

Next up Norwich City, where the only way we'll match Colchester's recent 7 goal spree is if the Canaries play Delia Smith in goal - and even then I wouldn't put money on it.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday August 19 2009
Time: 12:34PM

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