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Interview: Thompson admits it was a game of two halves

7 September 2014

Southend United's Adam Thompson admitted Saturday’s game against Oxford United was very much a game of two halves.

The defender however was disappointed with the manner in which the visitors grabbed their equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Roots Hall.

Thompson felt Danny Hylton made a meal of things inside the box to win the penalty, which the striker stepped up to convert and hand the U’s a point.

He said: “I know it’s a cliché but it was very much a game of two halves against Oxford United. In the first-half we moved the ball around well, did what the manager asked us to do and created chances.

“I’m not sure why we didn’t do that in the second-half, but Oxford United were able to get on top of the game and create chances for themselves.

“I thought we defended well throughout the game so the way in which they scored their goal was very disappointing for us.

“The striker has gone down very easily and after scoring the penalty he has apologised to Luke Prosser saying he didn’t even touch him. That’s tough to take.

“But Oxford United will be up there come the end of the season I’m sure, so we’ll take the point and look ahead to Portsmouth on Saturday.

“Heads haven’t dropped in the changing room because of this run we’re on at the moment, but of course we all want to turn it around as soon as we can.”

Thompson has jetted off to Northern Ireland for their final under-21 European Championship qualifying game against Serbia on Tuesday.

But he is hoping his performance on Saturday will make sure he keeps his place for the visit of Pompey next weekend.

He said: “It was great personally to be back in the team and hopefully I made the right impression on the manager throughout the game.

“It has been frustrating for me on a few occasions because I’ve got myself in the team and then got injured. Thankfully I was fit for the Oxford game.

“I always enjoy representing my country and it’ll be nice to get some more minutes under my belt before returning here and hopefully being in the team next Saturday for Pompey.”

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