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Graham Coughlan: We're looking for a response from the players against Gillingham

22 October 2015

Assistant manager insists the players will be ready to take on the Kent side.

Southend United assistant manager Graham Coughlan says he expects to see a reaction from the players when the Blues make the short trip to take on Gillingham on Saturday.

The Blues go to Kent on the back of a disappointing defeat to Chesterfield in midweek, and Coughlan admits there is likely to be changes, with the whole squad battling for a starting berth.

“We're expecting a reaction,” the 40-year-old said at Boots & Laces Training Ground on Thursday morning.

“It wasn't acceptable at Chesterfield on Tuesday night, and that's the words the players used afterwards as well.

“We have a resilience about us and normally, when we lose we're chomping at the bit to get back out there.

Blues head to the table-toppers in decent form, despite Tuesday's defeat, whilst the Gills have won the last four and unbeaten in their last six games.
And Coughlan knows the match against ex-Southend man Justin Edinburgh's side will be a tricky encounter.

“They're a confident team who are top of the league, score a lot of late goals and goals from set pieces. 

“They'll be a tough opposition but I'm looking forward to seeing what our lads can produce on Saturday. We're focussing on what we can do though”

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