WESTLEY’S BORED OF BEN TALK
GRAHAM Westley says it would be rude to focus attentions on 18-year-old prodigy Ben Kennedy after he came off the bench to turn the game around for Stevenage.
Westley’s side trailed 2-1 before Kennedy was introduced, who then went on to win a penalty, score a goal and set up another to make it 4-2.
The youngster who looked lively throughout only signed a professional deal this week but Westley wants the focus on his squad.
“I think it’s rude to focus on Ben Kennedy,” said the Boro boss.
“When a young kid comes in and does all right and nicks a goal here and there I think it’s rude to ignore the efforts of the rest of the team. Football’s a team game.
“It’s great that a young kid can come in and does his job, let’s not take the plaudits away from a young player but let’s keep his feet on the floor.
“It’s his attitude going forward that will make the player, not one flash in the pan.”
Stevenage opened the scoring through Roarie Deacon’s first career goal before a Joe Pigott volley and a Barry Corr penalty put Southend ahead in the second half.
Kennedy was introduced in the 66th minute and won a penalty soon after, converted by Simon Walton, before scoring himself and setting up Dean Parrett to complete the comeback and seal the win.
However, despite the contribution of the youngster, Westley seemed annoyed by the prospect of singling out his newest star.
“It’s a subject that’s boring me to be honest,” he added.“I don’t like the focus to be on just one player.”
Meanwhile, Southend boss Phil Brown was forced to watch his side throw away a 2-1 lead after working so hard to go in front.
The Blues didn’t get going until after the first Stevenage goal and after that looked in control until the introduction of Kennedy.
The result would have been a difficult pill for Brown to swallow and he wasn’t shy in criticising his team.
“It was really bitter to tell you the truth, we were 2-1 up with 60 minutes played and it was a comfortable away performance, but defensively we went missing,” he said.
“To give away silly goals and bad goals and sloppy goals is unacceptable.
“When you come to Stevenage you expect to fight for everything and to gift them all four goals is inexcusable. I made changes in the game and I’ll be making changes next week that’s for sure.”
This loss is promotion-chasing Southend’s second in as many games and puts there play-off position in a precarious position.
And speaking about the run of form, Brown added: “There’s defining moments in the season and this is a defining moment for me, I’ve got to get this one behind me as quickly as I can.”
BORO BELTER: Roarie Deacon of Stevenage scores the first goal of the game
NICE WIN: Dean Parrett, left, celebrates his goal
STAR MAN BARRY CORR Southe