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Preview: Bond looks ahead to Carabao Cup

13 August 2019

Southend United manager Kevin Bond says it’s imperative his side start better in order to get a result in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

Blues found themselves two goals behind to Blackpool after 12 minutes on Saturday.

And ahead of his side’s First Round tie against Stevenage, the Blues boss wants to see a more defensively solid display.

“It’s a really important game for us against Stevenage,” said Bond.

“I was really disappointed with the goals we gave away against Blackpool, killing ourselves so early on, which doesn’t give us a chance of being in the game.

“We’re all hugely disappointed with that and we need to put those things right and make a bold effort to keep a clean sheet.

“We are a work in progress. We need to get out of the culture that the club has been in where, as I’ve spoken about before so I don’t want to harp on about, we can’t help but concede goals and Roots Hall has become a difficult place for us to play.

“We’ve got to get a siege mentality and our number one goal in the games is to keep with a clean sheet.”

Bond added he expects a fast start from Stevenage on their own patch after two opening defeats themselves.

“I would think they’ll be all over us, high tempo, they won’t let us settle and we need to expect that.

“It will be a difficult game, I’ve seen them a number of times so we need a fast start because I’d expect one from them.

“I absolutely expect a reaction from them [the players].

“We need to build into a game but you can’t do that if you continuously shoot yourself in the foot and that’s what we’ve managed to do.”

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