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Preview: Bond on Wycombe

23 August 2019

Southend manager Kevin Bond says his side need to improve in both penalty areas in order to register their first points of the season.

Bond was speaking on Thursday before the weekend’s trip to Adams Park and a game against unbeaten Wycombe Wanderers.

After seeing an improved performance on Tuesday night, although one which didn’t yield the desired result, Bond says Blues need to start taking chances and be more ruthless in defence.

He also believes the style of play his side are looking to play can take time from where the squad were when he joined.

"The problem is there for all to see really; it’s both boxes," said Bond.

"The most important elements of the game is scoring chances, creating chances and stopping goals at the other end. Those are the key areas for us and we need to do better in both boxes.

"We’re trying to introduce what I would say is a better style of football that enables us to keep the ball better, because we weren’t able to do that last season.

"We’ve been able to keep the ball better at times, nothing like the Southend that I came into last year.

"My thinking is it does take time but while it does take time I completely understand you’ve got to get results to give you that time. No one knows that better than I do.

"We’re still finding out about each other because we’re introducing new players, we’re still finding out what works best for us but we’re trying to bring in a style of football that is both pleasing on the eye and at the end of the day has to be effective."

Wycombe have won two and drawn two in their opening four games.

And Bond identified this weekend’s opponents as a hard-working side that will need to be matched.

"We say it every week. It’s vitally important that we get our season underway, and we all understand that, nobody more so than myself,” he added.

"The next game is the only game we can do that with.

"Wycombe have had a terrific start to the season, they’ve got a fantastic work ethic and their manager has done a fantastic job with them.

"They never leave anything out there and they fight to the end, pick up late goals which they have done already this season. That’s fantastic for spirit so it’ll be a tough game for us, but I hope it will be a tough game for them too.

"We realise it will be a really difficult game and anything we are to get there on Saturday we will have to earn."

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