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Clohessy's delight with overdue goal

15 September 2012

Sean Clohessy’s first goal in 21 months helped Southend United record their fourth straight win in all competitions.

Clohessy’s 44th minute strike pulled the Blues level at Whaddon Road after Jermaine McGlashan handed the home side the lead.

And the 25-year-old admitted it was a long overdue goal having last scored at Oxford United on New Years Day 2011.

“The amount of time I get on the pitch I should score more goals,” he told the official website.

“Me and Gavin (Tomlin) have been working on that exact play this week and on this occasion it has come off. I’m really pleased.

“It was a good time for us to score and then we came out after half-time and got two early goals as well which enabled us to sit back and soak the pressure up.”

The former Gillingham defender was another to point to a first half tactical switch by boss Paul Sturrock as the reason for his sides success.

A change in the midfield after 30 minutes enabled Southend to deal with Robins player Sam Deering more effectively before Sturrock’s side battled back from a goal down to earn all three points.

“I thought it was a good game even though they had the better of it for the first 30 minutes,” said Clohessy.

“The gaffer made a change and I think that was the turning point as it enabled us to get a goal and then make it look easy in the second half.”

And after last seasons disappointment of missing out on automatic promotion Clohessy is fully focused on going one better this time round.

“We should have got promoted last season there is no doubt about that,” he said.

“Our squad is a bit depleted at the moment and we are still pulling results together so once we get everyone back in we will be even stronger.”

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