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Atkinson: First goal was so important

26 January 2014

Will Atkinson on defeat to his former club Hull City in the FA Cup fourth round

Will Atkinson admitted the first goal was always going to be crucial in Southend United’s 2-0 defeat to Premier League side Hull City in the FA Cup fourth round at Roots Hall.

Blues went close twice, through Barry Corr and then Michael Timlin, who hit the underside of the crossbar, before Matty Fryatt gave the visitors the lead.

Midfielder Atkinson insisted that had Blues got the first goal of the game, it could’ve been a different story.

Atkinson said: “We gave a very good account of ourselves against Premier League opposition but it just wasn’t meant to be.

“The first goal of the game was always going to be very important and we had a couple of chances.

“It was a great save from Barry’s header and then Tims was so unlucky not to see his shot go in, it was a great strike.

“But they are the fine margins in football and then they showed their quality to take the lead.

“We had to go for it after that to try and find an equaliser, but that meant the game opened up.

“Late on we were pushing men forward and they got a second, but I felt the least we deserved was a goal from the game.”

But Atkinson was by no means downhearted as Blues produced an impressive performance to match their Premier League opposition for much of the game.

“We were all really looking forward to the game, and we’re obviously disappointed to have gone out the competition,” he added.

“But I think the fans were pleased with the effort we put in, we gave it everything we’ve got and at times, we played some good stuff.

“I thought the first half was pretty even, but we actually started the second half the better team I thought.

“That was a big period of the game and other than Tims’ effort we were unable to create too many other chances, which was a shame.

“We’ve lost just two in 16 games and we’re pleased with our form in the league, so it’s back that against the Daggers on Tuesday night.”

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