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Eastwood: I was never going to miss that

30 March 2014

Freddy Eastwood delighted to score the winning goal against Torquay United

Freddy Eastwood was delighted to come off the bench and score the winning goal to hand Southend United all three points in a tight encounter with Torquay United.

The Gulls were seemingly on course to frustrate the majority of those inside Roots Hall before Eastwood came off the bench and pounced on fellow sub Jacob Murphy’s cross.

The experienced striker was thrilled to be able to get the goal to hand Blues what he described as a massive three points.

He said: “The three points was the main thing, and they were a massive three points because we needed to build on the brilliant performance on Monday night.

“The game against Torquay was much more of a steady performance, but we got that chance, thankfully it fell to me and I took it. I was never going to miss that!

“This season against the lesser teams, as Torquay are at this moment in time, we’ve not had that bit of luck, or probably even quality.

“Today, as I say, it was a steady game, but the ball came across to me kindly and I was only too happy to put the ball in the back of the net.”

Freddy was alert to make sure he was on hand to smash home, and the striker says Blues’ boss Phil Brown has been stressing the importance of being alive in the penalty area.

He said: “I think in the last few weeks the ball has been coming into the box, bouncing around, and no-one from our team has been on the end of it.

“The manager has been telling everyone, not just the strikers, to make sure you’re alive in the box.

“That’s what I tried to do today when I came on, and I’m delighted it fell to me.

“I’ve just got to keep putting in good performances in training and then take my chances on the pitch like I did today.”

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