Date: 20th September 2015 at 5:42pm
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Another disappointing loss for manager Neil Harris on Den soil left him frustrated that we didn’t keep to the standards we had recently set for ourselves.

Audio – More Home Frustration For Harris
Video – Southend Highlights

Speaking to the official site following the two nil loss to Southend yesterday, a disappointed gaffer explained.

‘We spoke about setting standards, high standards, with quality. We can’t fault the boys on effort, the spirit is terrific, and Jordan’s not made a save the whole game but he’s picked the ball out of the net twice. It’s because we made two mistakes. We switched off twice and that has cost us. As ever at The Den anything seems to end up in our net.’

Equally he admitted our offensive play, especially our decision making in the final third, wasn’t up to the standard that it had been recently either and for him that was supremely clear to see on the day.

‘I hold my hands up – maybe I should’ve mixed it up today. Maybe I should’ve put fresh legs out at the start. We wanted to reward good performances and try and keep a settled side that we have been craving. But today maybe it was a game too far for some of the players.’

Harris went on to say about the home form or lack thereof.

‘I’m frustrated because we have lost another home game. We weren’t excellent, but we didn’t deserve to lose the game. They have got a top class goalkeeper that will grace the Premier League very soon. He’s won them a game of football. We didn’t reach the standards we have set in the last two games.’

One thing he did hope the fans would acknowledge, and he believes they did given the support, was the effort the players are putting in and whilst that’s not much with results going against you, it is the basis for improvement.

‘I think they saw the team trying to do everything that we want to achieve. They know it’s not a lack of effort. We got into good positions. I wait to see the stats for the amount of crosses that went into the box.’

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