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Interview: Jerome happy to be versatile for Blues

22 January 2015

Defender has played in a number of positions since arriving at Roots Hall from Crystal Palace.

Southend United defender Jerome Binnom-Williams feels versatility is something that he needs to learn, after figuring as a centre back in last week's win over Oxford United.

The Crystal Palace loanee, who has been part of the Blues team often following his switch from the Eagles in September, has played left back, left midfield and now central defence since his move to Blues, and he feels playing for Southend has been greatly beneficial.

“We make sure we do our job first and then the fancy stuff can be done later – although you can't do too much of that at centre back,” Jerome said with a laugh.

“There's no messing about there at centre back. You just have to get it out and clear your lines if you're at centre back. I'm happy and feel comfortable at centre back.

“Cokes (Ben Coker) had a really good game last week. He got three good assists. We haven't lost in a few games and have kept some clean sheets in that time. If we work as a team, stay as a unit and push on further, we can get promotion this season at Southend.

“We've stayed tight as a unit and it's really good at the moment. It was my first time playing centre back and I really enjoyed it there. It's always nice to have that bit of versatility in your game, rather than be quite restricted in terms of your position.

And 19-year-old Binnom-Williams is pleased to be playing senior football for Blues, and is enjoying his football in Essex.

“It's been good to play senior football rather than under-21s. You have to get gritty and fight for the three points, head it and kick it! The fans are there for us win or lose, which is great. I'm happy to be playing in front of big crowds, which is something you don't get at under-21s level.”

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