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Penney: We deserved the point at Fleetwood

26 April 2014

Dave Penney on the 1-1 draw with Fleetwood Town

Dave Penney was pleased with the point at Fleetwood Town as Southend United secured their place in the League 2 play-offs.

Barry Corr equalised for Blues following Steven Schumacher’s opener, and that goal was enough to ensure a place in the play-offs.

Penney was pleased with another good performance from Blues as they made it just one defeat in their last seven games.

He said: “I thought it was a decent, end-to-end game, in which we were disappointed with the goal that we conceded.

“We responded well and scored from a set-piece which is good because we perhaps don’t score enough from them.

“We had to battle away against certain elements that were not going our way, but I felt we certainly deserved the point.

“Some decisions did frustrate us. We didn’t think it was a free-kick for their goal, but we’ve got some underbelly now which maybe we lacked earlier in the season.”

Penney believes Blues grew into the game as it wore on, and felt they had the chance to win the game.

He added: “Barry had a real chance after excellent work from Anthony Straker who had just come on, but I think that was the chance to win it.

“We got stronger as the game wore on and as it got stretched, so that was pleasing to show we’ve got those fitness levels.

“Defensively we still had to be alert because they were a threat from set-plays, but we did well to keep them out in the second-half and get the point we needed.”

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