Date: 18th October 2015 at 4:40pm
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Manager Lee Johnson has given his thoughts following our two one loss at Roots Hall against Southend yesterday.

Speaking to the Official Site following the defeat on our travels, the main disappointment for the gaffer as he gave his thoughts in his post game press conference was the fact that we allowed them to bully us.

‘We got sucked in to them trying to bully us. I was disappointed because we are a young group but you can’t get bullied. We have to be physically and mentally stronger. Credit to them because they imposed their strength on us. After we scored we looked all right and comfortable. But we didn’t see off the half. We need everybody now to help us. There are three losses on the spin in the league. We’ve got to make sure we go into our two home games positives and make sure everybody gets behind the group.’

Johnson went on to say that for the overall performance our final ball quality and our mental decisions just weren’t right and weren’t what he’d expect from us, but the wide play left a ‘lot to be desired’ so we just made life difficult for ourselves.

‘We had to be careful there would be no sendings off but he managed the second half quite well. There were too many people trying to run with the ball. We were getting overpowered by their running power. I fancied Michael Smith to score the chance he had. But, we lost possession too many times up front. That gave their full-backs quite a lot of room and we were caught out.’

The gaffer also confirmed following the game that Marrley Watkins had picked up a slight knock in the game and that was the reason for his substitution just after the halftime break, but Conor Hourihane has now been ruled out for a month with a hamstring injury.

‘It’s a grade one tear, so it’s best case scenario. He was really surprised. He felt okay on Tuesday. He’s only had one injury in his career in pre-season so it’s another young player who isn’t used to injuries.’

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