Blues boss Chris Powell was pleased to see his team put aside a poor result at Portsmouth last week to sweep aside Accrington Stanley at Roots Hall this afternoon.
First-half strikes from Sam Mantom and Simon Cox set Blues on their way to a 3-0 win at home, with Theo Robinson wrapping up the points midway through the second period.
And after the full-time whistle had blown, the Southend gaffer gave his thoughts to the media on a vital victory against John Coleman’s Stanley side.
On the win…
In the league we’ve been alright at home recently, but we needed to show our determination and courage today because what it made it harder was the conditions so I’ve got to give them a lot of credit for that.
To be honest with you, Accrington started off really well but we’ve had a real focus on defensive work and you look at certain moments in today’s game – Stephen Hendrie came up with a last-ditch tackle in the first-half, Elvis [Bwomono] stopped one on the line in the second-half – showing all the work we’ve been doing this week.
We earnt the right to get the clean sheet and we took our goals well. They [the players] knew the team early Wednesday/Thursday because I wanted them relaxed knowing they were going to play and it’s a result that we all needed.
Good turn out by our fans on a really difficult day, I always know how difficult it is around Christmas, so we’ve sent our fans home happy and hopefully we can have a decent week and try and follow up with it again against Rochdale.
On the need to show consistency…
Today was positive all round for everyone: clean sheet, three points, three goals, our goal difference is zero and we’ve gone into the top-half; it’s trying to keep that consistency now.
I think that’s important for us to try and back this up and it’s tough for us. Sometimes people don’t realise, I had four fit defenders today.
Michael Turner passed a fitness test this morning but I didn’t really want to use him as he hasn’t trained all week but the boys got through it. Elvis, I thought again belied his years, he’s going to be a good player, but everyone played their part today, the fans included and it was a good result for us.
On the dressing room camaraderie…
Last time I took [Simon Cox] off the fans weren’t too happy with me at home and that’s what I said to him, I said he deserved his standing ovation, you deserved your goal and you’ve played your part today. All players want to stay on, but I think anyone who got subbed today was quite happy because of the conditions.
That’s another aspect of it: there’s a good camaraderie, there’s no one in that dressing room – if they’re not playing – that wants us to not to do well. I’m quite lucky in that respect, I’ve been in dressing rooms and I know certain clubs can have that, but here we have a good environment and we’ve been knocked really hard.
I know it’s nearly halfway through the season. Rochdale’s the only team we haven’t played yet, and the boys are together. I like that and I applaud them for it but there’s a long way to go, we’ve got a lot of football to be played, a lot of points to play for.
We’re just going to look at Rochdale now and if we can emulate anything we’ve done today, that’ll be great coming up to the busy Christmas period. I’m very happy with the turnaround, but it’s just one game, but every Southend fan can feel pleased about their team.