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News: Graham Coughlan pleased with Blues' workout against West Ham United

6 November 2014

Blues draw 1-1 with a strong West Ham side at Chadwell Heath

Southend United travelled to West Ham United’s training ground for a behind closed doors game where both teams fielded a strong starting XI. 

Barry Corr scored the goal for Blues against a Hammers side that included the likes of Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan, and was pleased with the performance.

“The game was a very worthwhile and competitive exercise which allowed us to look at different options tactically and positionally,” Coughlan said.

“Ted Smith, Dan Matsazuka, Jack Payne and Jason Williams would have all gained valuable experience and game time playing against Premier League players.

“Defensively we looked solid and assured while going forward we created and looked exciting.”

Southend’s goal came from a great Myles Weston cross, with Corr sending the ball into the far corner of the net.

“With both players claiming the final touch they can sort it out themselves!” Coughlan reflected.

“We look forward with great confidence to our next challenge against Premier League opponents on Wednesday 19th November away to Tottenham Hotspur.”

And Coughlan is pleased with the signs that the young players who were loaned out to non-league football last week.

“I've been out to see Ellis Brown and Kane Farrell playing for their loan club Witham Town, where both players are getting rave reviews, making good progress and showing positive signs of development.”

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