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Kevin Hogg

Dec 5, 2011
Moraira, Spain
Firstly, I am more disappointed tonight than I can remember being as a Southend United supporter ...and that includes relegations and watching much, much poorer teams.
I am eating a Sainsbury's Cheese & Tomato sandwich when I should be celebrating.

A great many of you will have more valid points to make than mine as I have not been in the UK for the majority of the season...but here goes.

Paul Sturrock has assembled a good squad from bare bones since he arrived at Southend United. In that respect an excellent job.
Though Luggy has a fantastic knowledge of football and football players - he is also the most dull, cautious and unimaginitive manager I have known at Roots Hall.
Promotion was there for the taking ..but to take it we needed a little more flair, imagination and adventure...three characteristics that Paul Sturrock would not appear to be a fan of.
It really was there for the taking but we ended up 4th.

And so to the Play-Off's.
To go to Gresty Road and hand them the initiative as we did with our negativity was absurd.
For the game tonight I have to question team selection but am not suprised at the tactics we employed..it was classic Luggy. We needed to get level at some point...yet once again gave Crewe far too much respect. In fairnes the visitors looked fresher, fiitter, classier and gave us a lesson in how to "close down" in the first 45 minutes.

When we had no choice but to rip-up the Paul Sturrock book of lack lustre football and actually have a go? It got exciting. We showed passion, a modicum of flair and we were left with...if only.

The plus points?? The North Bank was fantastic and it was great to see so many "old faces" in the West. Oh how fantastic Wembley would have been.
Congratulations to all of you in the North Bank. Looking on from the West it was absolutely fantastic to see the North Bank looking as good as I can remember since Luton Town & Stan Collymore. Breathtaking.

Had to end on a positive..