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Southend United: It’s A Set Piece Which Has Beaten Us

Posted by Luke Davis
Posted on Sun 24 Apr 2022
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Following FC Halifax Town’s 1-0 loss away at Southend United, manager Pete Wild spoke to Shaymen TV to give his thoughts on the game.

“It was a complete game of two halves,” Wild said. “In the first half we weren’t good enough. I told five or six of them at half time they hadn’t been good enough. We were nowhere near where we needed to be. All that considered, it’s a set-piece that has beaten us. We switched off during the short set-piece which infuriates me. The last few goals we have conceded have been off set-pieces which is not like us as we have done well defending set-pieces this season. In the second half we came out and gave it a good go. But, we just couldn’t break them down.”

Despite several early chances, Southend got the breakthrough as Kenny Clark netted from a well-worked corner routine.

“We had spoken about getting on the front foot early,” Wild told Shaymen TV. “We did that with those early chances but we didn’t capitalise. The moments where we had them, we didn’t capitalise and take our chances. It was really disappointing then to concede off of such a soft set-piece.”

Matty Stenson was introduced after 63 minutes in place of Harvey Gilmour as the forward got his first minutes in a town shirt since he started against Eastleigh back in January.

“I felt he did alright,” Wild said. “It was hard for him to get into the game. By the time he came on we’re playing 4-2-4 as we’re trying to get a point out of the game. But it’s really disappointing to come away with nothing as it was a game of two halves.”

The Shaymen host Yeovil Town next Saturday and Wild is hoping to continue Town’s impressive home form.

“We’re looking forward to getting back on home turf,” Wild said. “It’s not doom and gloom as we head back to our home turf where we have been so strong this season. I’ll make sure we’re ready and hopefully we can get all three points.”

Watch the full interview on Shaymen TV.

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