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The Opposition View

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

Tilson was disappointed not to have won the game after his side took the lead.

Speaking to the Essex Echo and BBC Essex, he said: "Once we have gone ahead, we should have killed the game off. We had two fantastic chances to get the three points, with Francis Laurent missing from four yards and then Matty Paterson wasting an opportunity too."

Talking about the Chairboys, Tilson said: "After Wycombe scored I thought we looked nervous. A great strike by Josh Payne has got them back in the game, and in trying to win the game, we kept getting caught on the counter attack and that was disappointing. In truth, Wycombe missed as many chances as we did and the game could have been about 4-4."

The Southend fans had some colourful and varied views on the game.

The following extracts are taken from shrimperzone and The Football Forum.

yogi bear up the cagire wrote:
'A game we really needed to win and in the end were probably lucky not to have lost.'

Ricey wrote:
'I really am starting to worry about this season, we should have walked this game but instead got walked over by a team full of our rejects. Betsy and Harrold made us look stupid and they should have definitely won the game.'

Andy S wrote:
'A sloppy game riddled with mistakes and comedy moments between two sides who will struggle to string two results together between now and the end of the season. Both teams produced some epic moments of inadequacy, summed up by Laurent finding the upper tier of the South Stand from 4 yards with an empty goal to aim at, and Matt Harrold reminding Roots Hall what he's capable of by missing the target with a free header from the same distance.'

chapperzuk wrote:
'Mildenhall was the only reason we got a point today with some fantastic saves.'

Tommy2holes wrote:
'The game reminded me of two 40 year old ex boxers just standing toe-to-toe slugging it out. No quality, no class, just aimless and fruitless. Wycombe are one of, if not the, worst side in the league. They came for a point and could have had all three quite easily today. We lacked any inventiveness and any chances that seemed to come our way were down to luck or just Wycombe being woeful. They missed about three sitters and had what looked a certain penalty turned down. We missed an equal amount of sitters but didn't create as many chances.'

EastStandBlue wrote:
'Wycombe are terrible. They were there for the taking and a more ruthless side would've carved them to shreds.'

Strykr wrote:
'It was a classic old Division 4 game. The lack of basic ability from both teams was at times numbing and left me bemused at the fact that these guys are actually being paid. Things like trapping the ball, finding your man with a pass, positional play, heading and finishing, were all absent. It really was like watching a non-league game. Wycombe were dung and so were we, it really was quite embarrassing as a League One football game.

ms brush wrote:
'Wycombe missed many chances caused by our comedy defending and why oh why did we sell Lewis Hunt?'

pboreham wrote:
'Thought Betsy was excellent today. He found time and space all over the park and has a really intelligent footballing brain. I always liked him and couldn't see why people slagged him off.'

Shrimper2thecore wrote:
'I liked Betsy when he was here and he was by far the best player on the pitch by a mile today.'

brettieAngell wrote:
'Betsy should have won a penalty. You could see it was from 80 yards away!'

ibwiajwa wrote:
'Why did we get rid of Betsy? I thought he had two great shouts for penalties in the first half and delivered good final balls regularly.'

shrimperman wrote:
'Wycombe had the better of the first half and we were in trouble really. So many missed chances from them and I don't know how the ref didn't award them a penalty and possible red card for Scott Malone when he clattered down their striker from behind.'

Next Game: Bristol Rovers v Wycombe - 30th January - 3.00pm

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Date:Sunday January 24 2010
Time: 12:30PM

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