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COX | "We’ve got a clean sheet with two good goals and a good performance.”

30 July 2016

Southend United's new signing feels pre-season preparations are starting to come fruition.

Striker Simon Cox felt the 2-0 pre-season win over Colchester United at Roots Hall was a clear example of the rewards gained from their pre-season preparations.

Cox scored from the penalty spot after Jermaine McGlashan was brought down to register his second goal for the club and give the Blues the lead in the first half.

David Mooney doubled the advantage in the first period in a wonderful, flowing move to ensure Southend went into the start of the season next week on the back of a solid victory.

And Cox felt the hard work of pre-season looks to be paying off for Phil Brown’s men ahead of the big kick off at home to Gillingham on Saturday 6 August.

“For us it was about getting a good performance in and putting ourselves in the right frame of mind for Saturday.” He said.

“We showed what we’ve been working on pre-season and from that we’ve got a clean sheet with two good goals and a good performance.”

Cox appears to be forming quite the partnership with his compatriot, Mooney up top and the striker is hoping that will improve further as the season goes on.

“He (Mooney) is very easy to play with.” He added.

“He’s very clever, and as long as you can get yourself in right positions for things he’ll find you with clever bits of play.

“It’s worked well in training so far and now we’ve just got to try and implement it in the games.

“All pre-season has been about putting the miles in the legs and trying to drill home what we’re going to be about this year.

“You could see that we tried to implement a lot of pressing today because we are a very fit bunch of players.

“When we’re pressing and winning the ball back high up at the end of the field it gives a great chance to score some goals this season.”

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