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11:00am Friday 11th October 2013 in Sport
I attended the JPT Trophy match versus Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday and thoroughly enjoyed the match although, as a Southend fan, the result was not what I wished for.
From the first whistle Southend played some good passing football which unfortunately came to nothing as we were rather lightweight up front.
We did not seriously test Dagenham’s keeper enough as he was looking extremely shaky when under any pressure.
Although Dagenham scored, it was from a breakaway goal and we continued to dominate possession until half time with no reward. Phil Brown substituted Craig Read and brought on Cauley Woodrow who made an immediate impact with his close control and ability to find space.
It was no surprise when he scored two goals in quick succession to give us the lead. But one bad pass from Conor Clifford, who otherwise had an excellent game, resulted in a free kick to Dagenham from which they equalised.
For the next 15 minutes it seemed like every time Dagenham attacked they scored but even though we were 5-2 down the Southend team never stopped trying to get back into the game and forced the Dagenham keeper into making a couple of outstanding saves.
The point I want to make is that, although the result looks like we took a real battering, in my humble opinion we actually played some really good football.
Before people start getting on Phil Brown’s back regarding the result please remember that he and his management team are working within very stringent guidelines and cannot even sign a player on loan let alone permanently.
Against Dagenham Phil Brown picked some fringe players who need games to maintain their fitness and try to impress the manager.
On Tuesday a good example of how threadbare the squad is was the inclusion of Mark Phillips, due to Adam Thompson’s absence, in the back four even though he looked only about 75 per cent fit.
So please Shrimpers fans do not get too downhearted and try to be positive about the team as at least we are trying to play some decent passing football rather than the hated route one style, even though the results may not be what we wish for.
Steve Tutt (SUFC Season Ticket holder), via email.
I’VE been going 25 years travelling to home and away games including travelling with the club to Italy in the Anglo Italian Cup and pre season trips including Scotland.
I’ve decided now only to go to away matches; the one and only reason being Ron Martin.
His constant games with the inland revenue and late payments to players and staff in my opinion has caused turmoil.
Good players leave and are being replaced with discarded lower league players. As a result the quality on the pitch is poor.
I want to see people with flair and skill. Work-rate and endeavour I can see anywhere on a Sunday morning park.
I sometimes wish the club would just fold, at least that way I would not feel miserable every other weekend.
That’s a terrible thing to think but that’s truly how I feel.
Richard Day, via email
I am in despair. I fear the club will finally go out of the league if not out of business this year. Whatever you think of Phil Brown, he is in deep trouble with no money and not enough good players. Form since Christmas has been awful.
My son is a season ticket holder and has seen one win in 13 games (having missed start of season).
I have seen Southend play at almost 50 league grounds having watched Blues for 40 years, but I can barely bring myself to go now as the entertainment is almost non-existent and seeing them get beaten all the time isn’t good for the soul.
Paul Devlin, via email
I have supported SUFC since the 70s, had time off to get married and have kids in the 80s before returning with my family in the 90s.
We were season tickets holders and used to go to nearly all the games at Roots Hall as well as many away matches.
I spent eight years organising the away coach travel for the Trust which involved me going to most away games each season.
About four years ago we had a lot of loan players throughout the year but when season tickets renewals were due Ron Martin said that this position was not acceptable and would not happen the following season.
We believed him and renewed season tickets only for the same thing to happen the following year. Then that season, to make matters worse, the players were late being paid and we got relegated. I havn’t been to Roots Hall since.
Fans tried to organise protests but most fans, instead of joining in, just laughed at them or slagged them off — had they all stood together things may have been different. How many of them are happy now I wonder?
I’ll still go to the odd away game, basically to new grounds, but have other things that take up my time nowadays. Very often I don’t even find out the match result until Sunday — how times change.
If Ron Martin was to leave tomorrow, who knows, my love affair maybe renewed.
Chris Berry, via email