Southend United’s first-team coach Graham Coughlan was pleased with Blues’ youngsters as they drew 1-1 with Gillingham in a development friendly on Wednesday.
Jason Williams scored the goal for Coughlan’s young side, as the Gills held them to a 1-1 draw.
Coughlan was pleased with the performance, and felt Blues deserved to win the game.
He said: “The boys done very well. It was a tough game with both teams working hard for each other but we probably deserved to win the game.
“We had enough chances and created plenty. We didn’t give too much away defensively but we were a bit vulnerable from set pieces.
“We dealt with it as well as we could and Dan Matsuzaka put in a good defensive display but we should have won the game.
“Jason Williams put in an impressive performance and got a good goal. He linked up well with Brandon Scott going forward for us.
“We’re asking the players to step up and they applied themselves very well. They’re buying into what we’re trying to get across and we’re seeing the results.”
Blues face Dagenham & Redbridge in their next development friendly on Tuesday.