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KEITH: FROM SUBLIME TO RIDICULOUS

23 October 2012

Southern looking for response on Saturday

Experienced midfielder Keith Southern is disappointed with tonight’s defeat at Peterborough – but is looking for an immediate response against Millwall on Saturday.

The former Blackpool man played 90 minutes in the 3-1 defeat at London Road and admitted the performance from the team was well below par.

“It’s a bitter pill to swallow really. Our standards have been set over the last few weeks and we came here expecting a better performance, but it didn’t happen for us tonight all over the pitch and we’re really disappointed,” Keith told htafc.com.

“I suppose the Championship is like that; whoever is going to be the most successful team will be the most consistent. We failed a bit of an acid test tonight in that sense.

“From Saturday to Tuesday, we have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous. There is a lack of consistency there and I can’t put my finger on why right now.

“Credit to them – that’s probably the best they’ve played in a long time and the lad (George Boyd) has scored a worldy of a second goal. That goal possibly killed it a little bit for us, but the first goal will be pretty painful to watch; they had a free kick on the halfway line and two passes later it’s in the back of our net. That shouldn’t happen and we are normally more solid – we will have to address that.

“I thought the lads were quiet tonight too – we are usually a bit more vocal and it didn’t happen tonight for some reason.

“We had a little bit of pressure when Adam came on and took his goal really well. We had a free kick and perhaps if we produced a little bit of magic it could happen, but it just didn’t happen for us and we ran out of ideas towards the end of the game. 

“I’m disappointed and hurting because I don’t like losing football matches, but it’s simple – if you’re not at it, you will lose football matches. 

“However, we go again. That is the good thing about the Championship – in just a few days’ time we have another game and a chance to put things right. We’ll get back onto the training field on Thursday and Friday and put things right.”

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