First team manager Neil Cox gave his reaction to iFollow Iron after his side lost 1-0 away to Southend United on Saturday.

After dominating the game in the first half, Cox said he was left feeling disappointed with the overall result. He commented: “I told the players after the Tuesday night game, we were after a good performance and that this was going to be our hardest game, and we had to fight, keep that clean sheet and try to score goals.

“I thought we did alright in the first half, creating a couple of chances, and then we lost that little bit of spark. We looked tired. I think with their organisation, and their will to win at home with their crowd behind them, we just fell into a trap. We kept giving it away and obviously conceded a poor goal."

He added: “I know we had a couple of great chances late on. Overall, we're really disappointed. It doesn’t matter where teams are in the league, we’ve got to be picking up points away from home.”

Cox said: “The fans being back is good for football and I can’t wait for our home fans to come in. I’m hoping that my boys will start playing a little bit better again and go on a better run, and when they do turn up, we can give them something to shout for.”

Speaking about the game and what he thought was lacking, he said: “I just think we looked a bit tired. I tried to change it during the week, obviously I couldn’t afford to change it today as we have a couple of people out. I couldn’t over change it, but I think we looked a little tired and little leggy. I’m going to have to try and freshen it up somehow but it’s never easy this time of year.

"I think the first goal was always going to win today and that was it. We had a couple of great opportunities after that, we worked it wide and got some great deliveries, but they were few and far between today.”

In regard to the players, Cox said that this game was a wake-up call for some, adding: “I’ve let them know that’s not what I expect. It wasn’t good enough."

United are now at home again on Tuesday against Barrow, and Cox said: “They are all big games. We’re not in a great position in the league and we have to start picking up points. I’ll have to look at what bodies I have available because a couple more boys are going to struggle for Tuesday night. We have got a busy period coming up, so I have to look at everybody’s fitness and have a chat with them and tell them they are ready and go again.”

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