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Preview: Bond on the visit of Peterborough United

19 August 2019

Blues boss Kevin Bond spoke to the press on Monday ahead of Southend United’s next game at home to Peterborough United.

After seeing his side fall to a disappointing defeat away to Lincoln on Saturday, Bond will be hoping for a better all-round display and a much-needed three points against Darren Ferguson’s side.

Here’s what he had to say in the build-up to our second home league game of the campaign.

On having to pick the players up after Saturday…

We all are hugely disappointed. We came in yesterday morning and picked the bones out of the defeat. We had a long conversation, watched excerpts from the game, talked about what we need to do differently and then moved on. We’ve got a massive match tomorrow night and we have to learn from it and move on.

On working on getting a clean sheet...

We speak about it all the time, but even speaking about it sort of adds to the pressure but it’s got to the stage where we have to deal with that.

We can’t just pretend it’s not there in the hope it won’t put the players under more pressure. It’s got to the stage where it’s such a long time where we haven’t kept a clean sheet.

The problem is unfortunately the feeling, when a goal goes in, is that the whole plan is up the shoot, which it’s not. But that’s sort of the feeling because it’s like ‘here we go again’ and it’s almost the case of the inevitable which is absolutely not the case.

It wasn’t the case against Stevenage last week where we came from behind to win. You can concede goals and still win and at the end of the day the ultimate aim is to win football matches.

In order to give us the best chance of the that we need to keep clean sheets or certainly more than we’ve been able to.

On getting new players to blend…

Whether people want to accept that or think it’s an excuse, the fact is we’ve introduced a number of new players and we’re still finding out about each other and what works best.

We are very much a team that is a work in progress. The season is only three games old, four including the cup game, and we’re learning about people.

Ethan only came in two or three days ago and we’ve introduced a number of new players. It isn’t easy and we are finding out what works best and what, going forward, might be the best way.

Because we’ve been troubled for quite a while now and reminders, if you’re not careful, of last season filter back again on the back of a couple of defeats.

It takes a lot to change that mentality and I also think it takes time but I do also understand the essence of football.

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