Skipper Ross Johnson delighted as the young Blues progress in the FA Youth Cup
Southend United U18s skipper Ross Johnson wants to maintain the momentum built up by the team in recent weeks following a 6-0 FA Youth Cup First Round success against Leverstock Green.
Blues have now won three of their last four games, scoring eleven goals in the process, and the second-year scholar has his sights set firmly on further success in both league and cup competitions.
“Results give you confidence and we’re going into each game with the mentality that we want to keep winning. We’re getting more and more confident and it’s come at a good time with The FA Youth Cup taking place,” he remarked.
“Barnet will be a tough test. We should’ve beaten them in the league but they got a last-minute equaliser and we didn’t defend that well. This time we know what they’re like and we’ll do the best we can to get through to the next round.
“Before that we have a tough league game, though. MK Dons are a good team, they like to pass the ball and rotate, but we’ve just got to do the best we can. We lost to them at home, but hopefully we can go there, get a result and continue to build momentum.”
Johnson led from the front against Leverstock Green, heading home Nico Cotton’s 19th minute corner to put Blues in front against the non-league outfit. It was former Bowers & Pitsea youngster’s second goal in as many games, but the midfielder was just pleased to set his team on the way to victory.
“Captaining the side is a good feeling and I hope to do it again against Barnet. It’s good being captain, and I like it, but it’s also really good to get the win,” he confirmed.
“I’m happy with the performance and it’s good to get myself another goal. That’s two goals in two games now. It’s good to get goals; they help get you recognised more and they also help you become a better player.
“The first goal was the most important one because once we got one we wanted another and we were hungry for more. We killed them off and our quality showed because we worked hard and matched their effort, and that meant our technical ability came though.
“They had a few shots in the first half, and they hit the bar, but I think we stayed professional and kept our heads on the game. We kept doing what we know we do best and that showed in the end by the way we got the goals, and we deserved the win.”