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Coughlan: Youngsters gained a lot from Concord Rangers game

24 July 2014

Blues' first-team coach on the 0-0 draw with Concord Rangers...

Southend United’s first-team coach Graham Coughlan was pleased to see Blues’ youngsters come through 90 minutes against Concord Rangers on Wednesday night.

Blues, made up of a number of youngsters and trialists, drew 0-0 with the Beachboys, and Coughlan was pleased to see them get minutes under their belts.

“They’ve been working extremely hard in pre-season,” he said. “But they’ve not had much match action up to this point so it was a great exercise for them against Concord.

“The main aim of the game was to get them that match time that they deserve for the hard work they’ve been putting in on the training ground.

“With the manager watching over there’s always that extra incentive for young lads to show what they can do and there were some decent performances.

“The trialists were all keen to impress too and it was a good test against a decent and well organised side in Concord Rangers.”

Jason Williams and Jack Payne had the best chances for Coughlan’s side over the course of 90 minutes, though they may well have lost the game late on.

“We made a number of changes and the game got more stretched as it wore on,” he added. “We created a number of chances and we should have taken one of them.

“We could have been punished towards the end when they had a free header but we got away with that one and it ended all square.

“These lads will get quite a lot of minutes under their belts in development games this season to give them a real chance of pushing for a first-team spot which is where they all want to be.

“The game against Concord was played at a decent tempo for the most part. The young lads will have got a lot out of the game.”

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