Barker: Bad day at the office

Captain Chris Barker was left to rue an off day for Southend as they saw their 14-match unbeaten run come to an end at Burton.

Last Updated: 29/12/12 at 21:01

Barker: Admits they were below par

Barker: Admits they were below par

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Albion had defender Nathan Stanton sent off for a second yellow card 15 minutes from the end but rarely looked like surrendering a 2-0 lead given to them by top scorer Calvin Zola and midfielder Lee Bell, whose fierce shot took a big deflection off Barker.

"It was just one of those days as far as we were concerned," Barker said. "We tried and tried but it just didn't work for us. We just didn't play very well.

"They had a lucky break with their second goal because I think the shot would have been closer to the corner flag until it hit me and went in. That's what happens sometimes when things don't work out for you.

"I think you've also got to give Burton credit as well because they battled, tackled and bullied us a little bit, which hasn't been the case in the run we've had.

"But if we lose only once every 15 games, I'll take that until the end of the season.

"We've got another game on Tuesday, so we've got to reorganise and make sure we bounce back with a win.

"Three days ago we were on fire and we'll be looking to get back to that form very quickly."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Footer 365

Sergio Ramos has refused to discuss interest from Manchester United

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has raised further question marks over his future after a coy response concerning interest from Manchester United.

Van Persie 'agrees Fenerbahce terms'

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is close to joining Fenerbahce after reportedly agreeing terms with the Turkish club.

Roma keen to sign Man City striker Edin Dzeko but admit a transfer is not close

Roma have confirmed their interest in signing Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko this summer - but admit a deal is some distance from being agreed.

Mail Box

Has Everyone Forgotten About Khedira?

Sami Khedira is one of the signings of the summer and yet he's flown completely under the radar. Plus Dommy S's views of women's football get a right old shoeing...

Women's Success Won't Alter Viewing Habits

The Women's World Cup hasn't inspired everyone. Also in the Mailbox: a plastic's guide to Brazil, Nani regrets, tears over Henry, and The Beach Boys...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company