Southend United misery continued on the opening day of the League Two season as they were thumped 4-0 at home by promoted Harrogate Town.
The Shrimpers were relegated from League One with a whimper last season, and they’ve started this campaign in much the same vein with a horror show at Roots Hall. Jack Muldoon opened the scoring for the visitors on 25 minutes, with Lloyd Kerry making it 2-0 before the break.
A young Southend side looked all at sea after the break. Their starting line-up an average age of just 22.3, with the wider squad averaging just 20.4, the lowest average age in the club’s history. They certainly looked to lack experience in the second half as they conceded twice more.
The third had manager Mark Moseley fuming, as Aaron Martin fired home despite a player being down injured. If the referee held some blame for the third, the comical fourth was all the home side’s own doing, with a calamity of errors leading to Jack Muldoon curling home an effort.
The match ended in relative silence, but had fans been in the ground a crescendo of boos would doubtless have rained down, many of which would have been aimed at chairman Ron Martin. The gradual decline of the Blues seemingly laid firmly at his feet by supporters.
They might not have been in the ground, but they’ve made their feeling known on social media this evening.
Nothing positive about that today. This is a message directly to you Ron. Stop the bullshit, we are tired of it. Pay the fucking HMRC bill, get the embargo lifted and give MM the tools to bring in reinforcements otherwise we are heading in one direction.
Today is a new low.
— Ryan Anthony Stubbs (@rajdstubbs) September 12, 2020
— Harry Brown (@harrybr89737483) September 12, 2020
Chairman needs to wake up! He is killing the club and deluding himself if he thinks this team is going to do anything
— Sea-Sea-Seasider (@sjapresley) September 12, 2020
Get out of my club!!!
— That Essex Bloke (@BrownSufc) September 12, 2020
Clueless Inexperienced Side this is…. bulls*it performance….
— Stephen Lee 🇬🇧🇵🇭 (@stelee) September 12, 2020
That’s 700 megabytes I’m never getting back
— Ian Wilkins (@iwilksie) September 12, 2020
That was abysmal
— Denver (@denverc99) September 12, 2020
— Niki Johnson (@nikitheshrimper) September 12, 2020