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Defeat at Newport County ruins Barry Corr's day as Southend United skipper
SOUTHEND United striker Barry Corr insisted what should have been the proudest day of his career was ruined by a poor Blues performance and result at Newport County on Saturday.
Corr skippered the Shrimpers in the absence of the club captain John White, who was serving a one match ban.
But the Irishman was unable to stop Phil Brown’s side suffering a 3-1 defeat at Rodney Parade.
And that took the shine off the Irishman’s big day.
“What should have been one of the proudest days in my career was ruined by the loss,” said Corr.
“I was really proud when the manager said I would lead the team out and it’s the first time in my career I’ve had that honour.
“I will look back at this moment I’m sure but it was just so disappointing because we performed poorly.”
Blues, who have slipped to 13th in the League Two standings, could have suffered a far heavier defeat had it not been for some stunning second half saves by goalkeeper Daniel Bentley.
And Corr felt the Shrimpers got what they deserved.
“We can’t make any excuses for that performance and I think one to 11 Newport were better than us,” said the striker.
“They just seemed to want it more than us and that’s not like us at all.
“We’ve not been able to say very often this season that we have performed poorly but we did here and that’s disappointing.
“I can’t put my finger on why that has happened but we need to learn from it and make sure we do much better against Mansfield on Friday.”
Corr will also be aiming to make it up to the Shrimpers supporters who travelled in large numbers to Wales at the weekend.
Close to 500 fans made the long journey and the forward felt the team let them down with their below par display.
“The support was fantastic, they stood in the rain for nearly all of the game and backed us,” said the 28-year-old.
“But we let them down and that’s not good enough.
“We were too easy to play against and we need to be clever when things aren’t going well because that definitely didn’t happen here and we could’ve lost by a few more if we’re being honest.”