Date: 8th November 2006 at 2:19pm
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United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes there’s no reason for desperation despite the embarassing defeat at Southend. The aptly-named Freddy Eastwood completed a Hollywood-like script with a brilliant free-kick to knock out the holders but the gaffer is looking forward now.

‘We are disappointed because our club can`t accept being beaten in any kind of competition, even a friendly, because of the expectation level,’ conceded Sir Alex at Southend.

‘But I know that tomorrow we can get our togs on and start working again because that`s the name of the game at this club. Not to look back but look forward.

‘We`ve had a disappointment but there`ll be no knee-jerk reaction, no mass sackings or suicides I hope, but a lot of recriminations.

‘We`ll get panned in the press but by doing that you`re taking away from the performance that Southend gave.

‘I think we started a bit slack and they got some impetus from that. The goal they scored was incredible, it was fantastic. I don`t think the boy (Fredy Eastwood) will score another one like it in his lifetime.

‘If you`re going to be beaten, it`s better to be beaten by something special. I think it was something special.’