SOUTHEND fell to an embarrassing 1-5 defeat at Roots Hall to a young West Ham XI, Matt Rush scored the only Southend goal of the game with Nevers snatching a hat-trick for the opposition whilst Baptise and Dju put insult to injury.
It may only be a pre-season fixture but that simply is no excuse for tonight’s poor, disjointed performance in front of 1,943 supporters in a season in which many are expecting an improvement to what has come over the previous few campaigns.
Southend went into a lead early when Matt Rush did well to put home a tidy finish with eleven minutes on the clock, the West Ham youngsters pulled level with nearly 30 minutes gone when goalkeeper Harry Seaden parried the ball into the path of the oncoming Thierry Nevers who headed the ball home.
Just nine minutes later it was 2-1 when a 17-year-old Jamal Baptiste buried the ball past Seaden.
In the second half, it was an all-West Ham affair and they put the Essex-based club to the sword when with 49 minutes gone a cross by Ashby met the head of Nevers at the back post who grabbed his second of the game.
Dju got in on the goalscoring action on the 65th minute when a poor clearance presented the ball on a plate to the youngster who fired the ball home.
Baptiste grabbed his hat-trick and his team’s 5th of the game on the 83rd when a ball into the Southend box was not dealt with which allowed the youngster the opportunity to get his hat-trick.
A lot of work needs to be done between now and the first league game of the season if the Shrimpers are to have a comfortable, enjoyable campaign which would make a big difference to what we’ve been treated to recently.
Starting XI: Seaden, Demetriou, White, Hobson, Sayers, Walsh, Dunne, Ogogo, Trialist A, Murphy (Trialist B 34’), Rush
After 65th minute: Seaden, Howard, Mitchell-Nelson, Davis, Clifford, Egbri, Ferguson, Atkinson (Chandler 69’), Trialist C, Trialist D, Trialist B (Kinali 80’)
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