Chris Wilder on Southend
United get the chance to bounce back from the disappointment of Saturday’s home defeat against Southend as they welcome Portsmouth to the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday night.
Manager Chris Wilder was left frustrated as two first half goals gave the Shrimpers a win on Saturday but is looking for his side to react positively with two more home games in a week.
“It was a disappointing afternoon right the way through” he told Yellow Player after Saturday’s final whistle. “We gifted them two goals and they gained a yard and gained a bit of belief from two easy goals from their point of view and two poor goals from ours.
“We had the best chance early on, in the first five minutes, but one poor clearance and their lad whacks it in. We had talked about them being dangerous at set pieces and not to give daft free kicks away and they get one, put a great ball in and the lad is in the six yard box with nobody near him. Southend didn’t have to work hard for their goals, but when you are one behind you have to show courage and desire. When it is two goals it makes it difficult.
“At half time we thought that if we scored one it would have been an interesting one and Callum O’Dowda came on and put a great cross in which Beano says he is disappointed not to have scored from. But they didn’t go hiding, didn’t go under and as we have always said it is a process we will go through.
“It is a long season, we have dropped to fourth which we are a touch disappointed with, but we will go again. We have the chance to bounce back against Portsmouth on Tuesday and then a great game in the league against Northampton here next Saturday.”
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Yellow Player also caught up with midfielder Danny Rose after the Southend game. Here is what he had to say: