Fans, players and former players of Southend United react on Twitter to play-off agony

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PLAYERS

Gutted with that happened. Thought we deserved more and so did you all. We will bounce back stronger and go again next year. On a personal note I’d like to thank all the support that has been given to me personally and the lads all season. It’s been massive for us. It’s been a fantastic year. We must all remember what we have achieved and know that there is more to come next year.

@dan_bentley1

Drained

@bencoker24

Been a pleasure playing with the lads this season. Also the fans have been incredible start to finish. We’ll be back next year.

@willako16

It’s a privilege to play for Southend FC, for the fans and for the manager and the boys. Each and every one of those players gave everything. And I know that as a strong group this can only make us stronger. We have some fantastic players and the spirit among us in incredible. We can’t thank the fans enough for all the support you show us week in week out, home and away. It’s simply incredible.

@kevanhurst14

Thank you to everyone at Southend. Big shout out to the fans who were unbelievable. Big shout out to the team.

Pleasure to work with.

@jacobmurphy95

Absolutely gutted but I know we will be back stronger.

@b13nnt (Julian Bennett)

Gutted but will come back stronger. Fans have been unreal all season and thanks for the messages. Can’t wait for next season.

@jackopayne1

FORMER PLAYERS

Great effort from the boys. So unlucky not to get in to the final. Gutted for them.

@jamardunga (Jamar Loza)

Southend so unlucky. Was nice going back there to watch though.

@brittofficials (Britt Assombalonga)

Karma @cr10reid (Craig Reid)

What a game that was. Buzzing for Burton and obviously gutted for the Southend lads I know.

@mattpat35 (Matt Paterson)

FANS

Magnificent fight by the Shrimpers. Deserved better but were beaten by their failure to score against 10 men at Burton

@jcshrimper

It hurts so bad

@mwelly7

Disappointed to go out to a team who time wasted and fell over from start to finish.

@delrudd1

Roller coaster of emotions, especially going 2-1 up. Need a 20 plus goal striker next season.

@gseawert1

It’s such a shame we have lacked a forward player with flair all season. We would have smashed it if Baz had someone with him.

@stonkerama

The boys did brilliantly. Shame we didn’t make it, bring on next season.

@laureny1992

No one expected this at the start of the season. The fact that everyone is as gutted as they are shows how far we’ve come.

@samleveridge

If Bentley goes and we lose both central defenders then we have a big job on our hands.

@RIP_honest_dave

Not sure why Conor and Payne (less so) were brought on. Little game time lately. We looked less effective with them.

@onlytheburge

Proud! Confident going in to the new season as long as we can keep a few key players.

@patricksufcjee

Didn’t deserve it over two legs. We lack invention up front. Just hoofing it to Corr not enough.

@moorhouse79

This means absolutely nothing now apart from the fact our best players have been advertised to other teams and will leave.

@thomasfinch9

A gutting end to a positive season. The squad just needs tweaking especially up front.

@danbasildonblue Disappointing but can’t fault the players as they played well. Let’s get ready for next season.

@isaacfuentee

Keeping Ryan Leonard is essential. Hope the lads stay loyal for at least next season although club won’t be able to refuse the money. Unfortunately that 12 game winless run was always going to come back and haunt us. We really should have gone up.

@shrimperjon

What did PB think Clifford and Payne were going to do?

@nicey_16

Got to try and keep Daniel Bentley but to be fair if he gets chance to play at higher level you can’t blame him if he goes.

@clarewestley

I fear a Cheltenham/Northampton effect. Hope I’m wrong.

@pdale81

We were far too timid in the first leg. Only really pressurised in the last five minutes.

@chrisclark1975

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9:06pm Mon 19 May 14

TheEssexWay says...

Karma @cr10reid (Craig Reid) ?

The cheek of it! We would have been relegated if we had kept the likes of him? Couldn't hit a barn door from 10 paces! Have a few more pies mate!
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Karma @cr10reid (Craig Reid) ? The cheek of it! We would have been relegated if we had kept the likes of him? Couldn't hit a barn door from 10 paces! Have a few more pies mate! @****! TheEssexWay
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