Neil McDonald’s Blackpool are very much in trouble in League One as they fell to their sixth consecutive defeat.
Bright Osayi-Samuel, Hayden White and Andy Little all came into the side whilst Dean Lyness played in goal in Colin Doyle’s absence.
Southend were the better team in the first half and had a number of chances. Kevin Hurst was denied early on by Dean Lyness and then Clark Robertson.
Hurst had another chance soon after but Tom Aldred’s tackle denied him. David Mooney also dragged an effort wide.
Though it’s fair to say Blackpool had the best chance of the half when Andy Little’s header bounced back off the crossbar.
Unfortunately Little was substituted soon after due to him picking up an injury which is very disappointing given his good start to the game.
Just before halftime Mark Cullen wasted a great chance when he sliced an effort wide.
The home side again came out the better team in the second half and Ben Coker had a free kick saved by Lyness early on.
Again though Blackpool had big chances, Tom Aldred had a decent chance to score but could only place his effort straight at Bentley in the Southend goal.
After wasting chances, the Seasiders were undone on 76 minutes when a deep cross was headed in by Adam Thompson. The goal was really poor defending as Thompson was easily allowed to jump above Aldred and Ferguson and head home. Lyness could also have done better with the cross that came very close to his goal.
Blackpool didn’t look like getting back into it after this and they fell to their sixth consecutive loss.
It was fine margins certainly, with a couple of great chances being wasted by Pool, however what matters is the result.
Pool just don’t seem to have what it takes to win or even draw games at the moment and whilst it is still early in the season, the side really are struggling and relegation is certainly becoming a real worry among supporters.
Earlier in the week Neil McDonald spoke to BBC Radio Lancashire and said his side weren’t scrapping away at the bottom of the division. Well now they very much are and he and the players must turn it around soon.