‘Disgusting,’ ‘This is an all time low’ – These Southend fans are not happy after latest setback

Roots Hall Stadium Pitch from South Upper Credit: Garry Bowden/Galvineyes

Southend United’s dreadful season continued on Sunday when they were dumped out the FA Cup by non-league Dover Athletic.

The Shrimpers went into the game looking for some respite from a disastrous league campaign which has seen them lose fourteen of their opening seventeen games. However, they were unable to overcome a Dover side who booked a place in the second round with an eighty-fourth-minute goal from debutant Ruel Sotiriou.

It was no more than Dover deserved after they controlled much of the game and created the better chances. The result leaves Southend with nothing to play for other than a desperate fight against relegation from League One. If the latest setback wasn’t enough, news emerged over the weekend the club was due back in court in early December to face a winding-up petition brought by HM Revenue & Customs.

 

The massive job ahead of new boss Sol Campbell is quickly starting to dawn on the three times FA Cup winner. He told the Southend Echo it was going to be challenging to reverse the losing mentality, which has steadily engulfed the club in recent times. He said: ‘It’s difficult when you’ve had this for eighteen months, but I have to try and somehow turn this around because it hurts me.’

‘We do things in training, but we don’t transfer it into games.’

‘I know it can happen because I’ve seen them do it, so I don’t know if it’s confidence or what.’

‘But we have to talk and work it out.’

Judging by the social media reaction to the result from many Southend fans, they agree with their new boss that he faces is a monumental task. Plenty of fans have either given up or just want to get rid of their under-performing squad and start again, with the players and controversial chairman Ron Martin receiving the most criticism.

Here is a selection of furious fans responses to the latest devastating blow on Twitter.

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