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Reaction: Graham Coughlan on Blues' friendly defeat to Colchester United

6 August 2014

Southend United were beaten 6-4 by Colchester United in a development friendly played behind-closed-doors on Tuesday.

Jack Bridge, Jack Payne, Jason Williams and a trialist were on the scoresheet for Blues, who were winning 3-1 at half-time.

A number of changes were made after the break, with David Worrall and Lee Barnard, the two senior players who featured coming off, and the U’s were able to turn things around.

First-team coach Graham Coughlan said: “Where do you start with a game like that! We were absolutely outstanding in the first 45 minutes and had a good lead at half-time.

“We were playing open, expansive football and decided to keep playing that in the second-half. Had it been a league game, things may have been a little bit different.

“But we kept going with five attack-minded players and Colchester got themselves back into the game with all the changes we were making during the second-half.

“The young players will have gained a lot from it though and realised just what they’ve got to do. We should have been out of sight but let them back into the game.

“Lee and David got some important minutes under their belt ahead of the first game of the season. Isaac Layne came on for the last half-hour. He’s a little bit behind fitness wise but I’m really looking forward to working with him.

“Although we lost, we can take a lot from the first-half performance because we were excellent throughout and the players looked in great shape.”

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