Southend boss Kevin Bond said there was a feeling of “relief” to have picked up his first win as Blues boss with a gutsy 3-2 win over Burton Albion at Roots Hall.
Blues went 2-0 up through Sam Mantom and Harry Bunn before John Brayford halved the deficit. Timothee Dieng nodded Southend 3-1 ahead before Marcus Harness’ goal made for a nervy finale.
After the dust had settled on Southend’s first win since mid-January, the Blues boss spoke to the press to give his assessment of a vital victory for his side.
On the performance…
Overall, I thought they performed really well against a really good Burton football team. We played some terrific football and looking at them, you think how are they where they are. They’re a good team.
You know that one goal is unlikely to be enough. We give ourselves a two-goal cushion and we don’t make it easy for ourselves; then we give ourselves another two-goal cushion and then we don’t make it easy for ourselves.
It was a really tough game for us today and a great victory. Much needed, well deserved I must say and the lads’ application was brilliant and we’ve just given ourselves three points that keeps the whole thing alive for us with two games to play.
They performed just as well against Walsall and really won the game except we didn’t get the points, so they had to go do it today and they did it today again, two excellent performances.
On finally getting a win…
We hadn’t won for too long so it was a relief. The lads are so pleased, and I’ll let them be pleased today, but we recognise that we haven’t done anything yet, we’ve just won a game.
We’re going to need the same again next week and the week after, and we know that; one game at a time, that’s all it is. We did the job that we needed to do today.
Everyone feels pleased and relieved to have got a victory at home in front of our home supporters, perform well and get our first win for a number of games.
On the fans…
They got behind the lads fantastically well, proper home support it was today.
We really appreciated and really needed it, as you can see from everybody’s reaction and the player’s reaction after the game.
It’s not lost on the players; they understand that and they’re grateful and hope they’ll travel a long way up to Rochdale to come support us because it’ll be much needed.