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Carabao Cup a chance to build momentum

Cox reacts to Blackpool defeat and looks ahead to Stevenage clash

12 August 2019

Simon Cox says Tuesday night’s game against Stevenage in the Carabao Cup is a chance for Southend to get some momentum going.

Blues are without a win this season following defeats to Coventry and Blackpool, the latter a 3-1 reversal at Roots Hall on Saturday.

And Cox said Blues will need to start better than they did on Saturday in order to get a result on Tuesday.

On what went wrong against Blackpool…

We gave three goals away really early on, didn’t grow into the game, didn’t give ourselves a chance. We wanted to come out early on and stamp our authority on the game and play with intensity and we didn’t do that.

We gave a free kick away, which I thought was a foul throw to start with, and that leads up to a cross which could’ve been avoided straight away. The second one we let him slip through two centre halves and then the third one is very similar to the first one.

We didn’t really give ourselves a chance and then it was a horrible dressing room at half time and we just had to come out and salvage some sort of pride and win the second half, which we ended up doing.

But from our point of view it was nowhere near good enough and we have to demand better of ourselves.

It was a new season but it felt like the same as last year so we have to address that.

We’ve got a cup game on Tuesday night and we need to start winning games. If we can win on Tuesday that might give us a chance to kick on and move forward in the league and cup.

On Tuesday being an important game…

You don’t want to go too far into a season without your first win so if we can get it tomorrow then great, if not then we’ll be out the cup and that’s something we don’t want.

We want to progress and find some momentum from somewhere and give us a kick that we need.

On the strikers…

We as a forward line has to play well and has to start scoring goals otherwise you can quite easily find yourself on the bench or not even on the bench.

We need to start firing and start doing wat we’re paid for.

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