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Bond: "Confidence is the biggest factor that we need to build."

4 April 2019

Southend manager Kevin Bond says confidence will only come from getting results on the pitch as he prepares for his first game in charge.

Blues face the long trip to Fleetwood Town hoping it’s 13th time lucky after a dozen games without a win.

And Bond insists instilling the belief into the players will mostly be down to making progress on the pitch.

“Confidence is the biggest factor that we need to build and really that only comes with a result, a clean sheet; those sort of things.

“We need to try and get through the game without conceding a goal, get a point, get three points, give ourselves something to build from if we can.

“It’s a process that we aren’t going to be good or great overnight, it’s going to be a gradual thing.

“While they’re all good lads and they’re all together, it’s human nature that a run of poor results becomes wary.

“We need to address that, get something from somewhere in our next game and build from that to get the lads confident.

“We are capable of better than where we are but it won’t just be somebody coming in and that makes everyone confident, it’s a process.”

Bond doesn’t have long too work with the players to get his ideas across before the Fleetwood game but he was pleased with what he’s seen from the group.

“The lads have been excellent, and I couldn’t ask for anymore.

“It’s not a criticism of anyone or anything but footballers being footballers they like to know what’s expected of them and have a bit of direction so we’ve tried to give them that, in terms of where we’re going with it all, be nice and clear and make sure they’re all happy and comfortable with it.

“The message has been simple in what we’re trying to do.”

In the opposition dugout is a duo Bond knows very well from his QPR days; Joey Barton and Clint Hill.

And Bond is impressed with the job Barton is doing at the Cod Army.

“It’s his first season as manager and I know the type of character he is,” he added.

“They’ll be totally committed, on the front foot and they’ve had a decent couple of results so they’ll be really looking forward to it.

“But it’s about what we do. We can’t get too bogged down with what anybody else does at this moment in time, we’ve got to be very respectful and mindful of what they have to offer which we will. But it’s as much about what we do.”

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