Date:Sunday September 1 2013
Following yesterday's gritty 2-1 win over Southend United, here are some views on the game from the Shrimpers' manager Phil Brown and a few of their fans.
The Southend Boss was disappointed in his side's costly defending at set-pieces.
"It doesn't matter about all the huffing and puffing and the way we played in the second half, we've been done on a bit of detail yet again," he said
"We identified set-pieces as a weakness of theirs actually and we thought it could have been their Achilles heel but it turns out it was ours."
"Set pieces can really cost you and they have again today. We were on top after making it 1-1 but one set piece and we're back up against it."
"It's about putting your bodies on the line, it's quite simple. There are certain things attached to set-pieces and one or two players have let us down."
"As players they need to step up and show desire and commitment. They've got to want to get to the ball first and head it away. We need players who go out there and give it their all and at the moment there's one or two not doing that and that`s a big shame," said Brown.
"We were camping in their penalty box for much of the game but we've got nothing and that's what the game of football is all about. Finish first you're first, finish second you're second - it's simple, and we finished second."
The Southend fans handled defeat with the usual mix of disappointment, sense and bitterness.
The following extracts are taken from Shrimperzone.
The Seventies North Bank wrote:
'What's the point of having 60---40% possession, 11 corners to their 2, many more chances, and their goalie is Man of the match, and ours just picks it out of the net, with barely a save to make. We ruin all that superiority because of a stupid zonal marking system that is clearly not working.'
'With about 30 mins to play, I was thinking I'll be disappointed with a draw. Not to take anything from the game was gutting. Absolutely battered Wycombe and had some excellent chances. How Straker hit the bar from 6 yards out was baffling. The ref was ******* Shocking. How do the F.A. Allow these inept, incompetent prats do it week in, week out.'
'The referee was laughable. Whatever the crowd thought, he gave the opposite.'
'I hate teams like Wycombe who from the off pulled and shoved our players non-stop, not that the **** of a ref took any notice. Their players fell to their knees at the slightest touch and generally wasted as much time as they could. Complete spoilers.'
'Wycombe defended better and worked harder than we did. Doherty and Johnson won everything and for a change they pressed us more than we did them and stopped us playing. Having said that we gave possession away far too many times. We tried hard to get going but it didn't happen although had we got the 2nd I feel Wycombe would have then crumbled.'
Richard Cadette wrote:
'I have to say I don't agree that Wycombe worked harder than us, or harried us out of our stride at all! The only thing wrong with us today was our shoddy defending, and not just from set pieces. Aside from that, we completely dominated the game. Our passing and ball retention was good, we created a number of decent opportunities and their keeper kept them in the game.'
'A word on Wycombe. A really good touch in providing the marquee. Stewards and everyone all seemed quite pleasant and friendly, nice little ground, shame about the team.'
'Wycombe are poor make no mistake I would give their keeper MOM. Overall we were the better side but the important issues of defending set pieces and taking our chances were not there.'
'We should have won, had enough more than enough chances so its hard not to be disappointed with that part of the game. Ingram in goal was very impressive for them and Doherty won everything in the air - even coped with Corr's physicality with relative ease. Set plays are the main concern though. Can't get away with individuals losing their men and expect not to concede.'
'I thought we played some breathtaking football at times and after we equalized I thought that the flood gates would open as we were so in charge and dominating the pattern of play.'
'Our problem is single goals each game, nothing from midfield, we need another experienced striker, and the midfielders need to support goal tally.'
'Couldn't agree more. Teams don't get promoted because they have a 30 goal a season striker they go up because everyone else chips in with goals and we haven't had that thus far.'
'First game I've seen this season. Straker hopeless and a horrible miss to top it off. Neither of the back two inspired confidence from set pieces and Prosser gave a needless free kick away for the first goal. Otherwise not bad, nice passing movement for our goal and reasons to be cheerful.'
'We need a central defender who can be dominant and the one that will boss the defence. The defending for set-pieces was shocking. Morgan lost his man easily and then their second goal was a simple run to the near post and no-one got near him. We also needed pace up front as their centre backs were good in the air but slow at turning and running back to their own goal.'
Lord Football wrote:
'Referee, ok, sit back, take a deep breath. That was the worse reffing performance I have seen at this level for a considerable amount of time. It wasn't just the obvious stuff, like the corner he gave that they scored from, or the foul he gave against White that wasn't, which he then compounded with a card, it was everything. He looked out of his depth. He didn't grasp advantage, playing it twice when it wasn't there and then pulling it back twice when it was. Players clearly had no idea when he was going to give a push that wasn't or ignore an obvious one. A horrible, horrible performance only mitigated by the fact that he was equally as poor for both sides. Would like to see the assessors report on that, bet its an interesting read.'
Next Game: Exeter v Wycombe - Tues 3rd Sept - 7.45pm
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