Southend United suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat against lowly AFC Wimbledon this weekend, as the Essex based club gifted Wimbledon their first away win of the season at Roots Hall, in a result which leaves the Shrimpers in 22nd place after 12 games played.
With the club still searching for a new manager to take the reins, surely there will now be a bigger emphasis on appointing a new name as soon as possible, with the club in desperate need of a leadership figure to take them in the right direction.
The loss to Wimbledon now makes it four losses on the trot for the Blues, in what has been a torrid couple of weeks for the club.
Here we take a look at THREE things we clearly learnt about Southend from this weekend’s game against Wimbledon….
As soon as Southend fell behind in the fifth minute of the contest, it was clear that their heads dropped, with the Shrimpers then conceding a second goal just six minutes later, underlining the lack of game management amongst the group.
Once the second goal went in, the spectators inside Roots Hall could’ve been forgiven for thinking the match was over as a contest, with the Dons seemingly fully in control of the game after just 20 minutes on the clock, which will have been concerning to see from caretaker boss Gary Waddock’s perspective.
Lack of clinical finishing
Southend managed to muster 15 shots during the contest, however, only three of those found the target, thus underlining the severe lack of finishing on display at present from the Shrimpers’ front men.
The Essex based club clearly lack a proven goalscorer at this level, with veteran frontman Simon Cox having so far failed to set the world alight in what has been a largely ineffectual start to the season for the former West Bromwich Albion man.
Failed to build upon their goal
Southend did manage to pull a goal back through Timothee Dieng’s header in the 13th minute of the contest, however the Shrimpers failed to build on this glimmer of hope, with many of their deliveries into the box following the goal lacking any real quality.
It is clear that the squad needs to put major work into their attacking principles, with the whole team lacking any real identity at present, which is largely due in parts to the lack of managerial guidance at present, a problem which will likely continue until Kevin Bond’s successor is named.