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REACTION | Ferdinand on first Blues goal and targets this season

12 December 2016

Defender reacts to Sky Blues win...

Blues defender Anton Ferdinand was pleased to score his first goal for Southend against Coventry, but was more happy to help the team to three points.

It was the centre-backs first goal in nine years which gave Blues some breathing space before Stephen McLaughlin’s third sealed the win.

Ferdinand said he would liked to have kept a clean sheet, but Daniel Agyei’s late consolation put pay to that.

“It’s always nice to score a goal but the most important thing is the three points and getting back to winning ways,” he said.

“It’s a very rare goal, but I’m not here to score goals. I’m here to defend and keep as many clean sheets as possible and get three points on the table that way.

“A goal’s a bonus and gets you the headlines.”

Ferdinand had to come off towards the end with a niggle which he felt in his groin but said it’s nothing to be worried about.

He believes he is beginning to show his best form and feels anything is possible for the team with more still to come.

“We know we’re a team that needs to stay on the front foot and we got into half time at 1-0, regrouped and then second half we were unstoppable at times,” he added.

“This is a team that is playing with confidence. I said a couple of months ago that this team has got the ability to go on a run, and we’re seeing it at the moment.

“But we’re far from the finished article, we’re still learning each others games, but long may this continue.

“We’re just taking each game as it comes.

“We’ve got a very talented squad all over the park. As long as we keep our mentality right then who knows what we can do.”

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