Waddock brutally honest over Blues predicament

Southend United 1-4 AFC Wimbledon – Reaction

CARETAKER-MANAGER, Gary Waddock, offered a brutally honest assessment after witnessing his troubled Southend United side thrashed by fellow Sky Bet League One strugglers. AFC Wimbledon, at Roots Hall Stadium.

Finnish under 21 international, Marcus Forss, bagged a hat-trick as the Wombles ran riot against Waddock’s beleaguered Blues who have now lost ten of their twelve league outings to date.

“It was a poor start to the first half and a poor start to the second half. But it has been a common thing, and obviously, I’ve said it a number of times, it gives you a mountain to climb,” he explained.

“We had to climb a number of mountains today – it was always going to be very difficult for us.”

Waddock was frustrated in the manner in which his side continue to defend: “Not only today – Players have to take responsibility for that as well, whether that’s making somebody from a corner, a free-kick or whatever. The goals that we do concede are sloppy,” he said.

After Timothee Dieng had pulled a goal back for Southend following Wimbledon’s explosive start, the Seasiders controlled proceedings for a short period: “We actually said that. I thought we done well in that spell. But at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is the scoreline and the scoreline today was unacceptable again

“You can have a 25-minute spell in the game, but the outcome was still the same. There is something drastically wrong with that – that can’t be allowed to continue to happen. It’s not only recently, it’s over a long period of time. It has been very, very challenging.”

Waddock was asked whether Southend poor form was a confidence issue or if they simply were not good enough: “I don’t know, I’m not sure how to answer that question,” he said.

“The results will tell you at the moment that it has not been good enough – we know that. Players will have to take responsibility as well.

“There have been experienced people in here (as manager) and the results haven’t changed. It is a tough job for anybody, really.”

When asked whether the ongoing uncertainty over the appointment of a new manager was hindering the team, Waddock responded: “I don’t know, you’ll have to ask the players. We, as staff, have got on with it and we have conducted ourselves in a professional manner.

“I’m not so sure that we could have done too much more in terms of preparation and stuff like that. I think that is a question that should possibly be directed elsewhere.”

Waddock had suggested that the players needed to take responsibility, but when quizzed as to whether the dressing room was a hostile environment, the former Queen’s Park Rangers man said: “It is a very, very good question. But that has to remain in house. I wouldn’t like to discuss anything that the players say to one another in the dressing room.

“It is a good question, but I’d rather keep that private.”

Brian Jeeves

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