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Match Preview: Coughlan looking forward to Pilgrims reunion

17 August 2017

Southend United Assistant Manager Graham Coughlan is confident Blues will respond to the 5-0 defeat at Rotherham in the right way on Saturday.

Blues were beaten in disappointing fashion by the Millers last weekend, but Coughlan pointed to the way Sheffield United reacted following the 3-0 defeat Blues dealt them last season.

“They will bounce back,” said Coughlan talking about the squad. “They are professional footballers.

“We got tanked by Rotherham on Saturday and it happens throughout the season.

“It’s an eye-opener, but the players will lift themselves. They know it wasn’t good enough and wasn’t acceptable and they’ve put their own words and own spin on the result. Generally, the feeling from each and every player was the same.

“You just have to take a look at last season we went up to Sheffield United and smashed them, and they learned from it and came down here and that’s a lesson we can take on board.

“We tend to over-analyse defeat rather than when we win a game. There’s always that air of doom and gloom when you get beaten in football because that’s the nature of the beast.

“We were never shouting from the roof tops when we beat Blackburn but likewise we got beat by Rotherham a week later.

“But you take more from a defeat than when you win. Winning becomes a habit, gives you momentum and you carry on, whereas when you get beat you over-analyse things, there’s an inquest and certain things come to light.

“I’d rather be winning than losing but we have a lot to take from it.”

Coughlan comes up against the club he spent an enjoyable, and successful, four years which included two promotions and the Division Two Player of the Year award.

“I really enjoyed the four or five seasons down there,” Coughlan added.

“The one regret was that I believe we could of gone up again and got out of the Championship, but losing the manager and the team not sticking together was a big blow to the football club.

“We could have made history and got into the Premier League and we had the chance to create something unique and go up through all the divisions.

“I look back not with regret but with the thought of we could have done it.”

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