A dire performance by The Shrimpers this afternoon at The Shay saw a pathetic Southend United side leave on the opposite end of a 3-1 hiding away to Halifax Town, with a result that leaves more as of yet unanswered questions for Phil Brown and his side to find the answers to ahead of Aldershot at Roots Hall on Tuesday evening.
Southend remained largely unchanged from the 2-2 draw against Wrexham last weekend at Roots Hall with only goalkeeper Steve Arnold missing out due to a dislocated finger so youngster Harry Seaden recieved the chance between the sticks.
Matt Dennis was a late injury blow for the Shrimpers having pulled up in the warm-up and had to be replaced on the bench by another loanee in the form of Hamzad Kargbo.
Rhys Murphy went close for the visitors in the opening three minutes via a Jack Bridge ball which met Murphy at the back post but the striker could not put the ball away.
Halifax had the better of the opening 15 minutes and had the Shrimpers pinned back into their own area whilst the Shaymen peppered the Southend area with 4 early corners.
Jack Bridge gave Halifax all sorts of problems during the opening 30 minutes of the game but Sam Dalby and Rhys Murphy just could not make contact with any of the balls Bridge delivered.
A Halifax free-kick caused Southend an issue at Harry Seadens near post only for the ball to be put behind by Rhys Murphy who was then accused by the Shaymen supporters of handball but the referee waved it away for a corner.
Halifax broke the deadlock with 39 minutes gone when a Bradbury cross evaded Nathan Ralph at the back post allowing Slew to volley the ball home.
HALF TIME: Halifax Town 1 Southend United 0
Halifax went 2-0 up straight from kick-off in the second half via Billy Walters who rose to head home a Slew left-wing cross.
Phil Brown went hell-bent for leather shortly after the second goal as he introduced Hobson, Atkinson, and Egbri for Ferguson, Phillips, and White.
Southend switched to a 4-4-2 with Jason Demetriou going to right-back, Shaun Hobson and Josh Coulson in the middle, Terrell Egbri wide right, and Will Atkinson in the middle.
60 minutes gone and Halifax still looked the stronger of the two sides and deserved the 2 goal lead against a Shrimpers side at all sixes and sevens.
Halifax went further ahead with 73 on the clock via Niall Maher and this is when this reporter gave up on this match.
However, Southend did pull a goal back late on via Rhys Murphy who got on the end of a Jack Bridge cross at the back post.
Yet again an awful performance from The Shrimpers in a season when so many expected so much but so far the team is yet to deliver anything close to quality.
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