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Graham Coughlan: We would have taken a point beforehand at Sheffield United

14 November 2015

Cocko pleased with point and praises travelling Blues who made trip to Bramall Lane

Southend United assistant manager Graham Coughlan admitted that he would 'have taken a point' from Sheffield United before today's game.

Blues took a 2-0 lead through Ryan Leonard and Jack Payne striker but the Blades battled back as both sides earned a point in the steel city.

“To be 2-0 up in any game of football, you expect to go on and win it,” Coughlan said.

“We wanted to go in 2-1 after they scored their first but we couldn't.

“It was a backs-to-the-wall second half for us but it would have been a thoroughly entertaining watch for both sets of fans.

“The two goalscorers played well and got two good goals and they have to have more belief in themselves as well.

“We're finding our feet in this division now and we need to find that ruthlessness at both ends of the pitch.

“We could have cleared for both goals but I think we would have taken a point before the game had I been offered it.

“This is what we've worked hard for in earning promotion, to come to places like this. We must push on as a group and as a club to push on.”

And on the Blues fans, with Graham's Sheffield Wednesday connections, he said: “They fans were terrific, but the Blues normally come to Bramall Lane and make themselves heard!”

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