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OXLEY | Blues can't rest on current form

24 October 2016

Keeper owes MK Dons win to team togetherness...

Mark Oxley says it’s not a surprise that Blues are beginning to build up a head of steam.

The 3-0 win over MK Dons on Saturday means it is now one defeat in seven in all competitions for the Blues.

Anthony Wordsworth’s double after Simon Cox had opened the scoring sent a sizeable Southend contingent home happy from Stadium MK, and Oxley said afterwards that the recent run of good results is down to the togetherness in the changing room.

“I think it was [close to the perfect away performance],” he said.

“We’ve got a bit of momentum from the last couple of games and I think everyone’s singing off the same hymn sheet which a couple of weeks ago we weren’t.

“Our away form’s not been good enough this season but that’s now away at Bradford and MK Dons where we’ve got to be delighted with the results.

“It was only a matter of time to be honest.

“We’ve got a group here that are willing to put it right and the last two games we’ve had the bit between our teeth both going forward and in defence.

“We need to keep that going now. We can’t rest on it.”

Oxley played his part in the win, earning his third clean sheet in the league this season.

A string of fine saves, including a brilliant double stop in the first half from a header and quickly followed up volley, weren’t unnoticed by his manager.

But the shot stopper was modest in assessment of his performance.

“The last few games we’ve all been at it, not just me, but the lads in front of me,” Oxley added.

“When you’re scoring goals early doors it gives you something to hold onto away from home whereas earlier on in the season we weren’t going that.

“We’ve just got to keep it going into next week.”

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