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Reaction: Campbell on Bolton defeat

21 December 2019

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Sol Campbell’s wait for a league win continued this afternoon after Blues fell to a somewhat controversial 3-2 defeat to Bolton Wanderers at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Harry Lennon had nodded Southend in front before goals from Joe Dodoo and Luke Murphy put Bolton in front at the break, with both goals having question marks over them.

A mistake at the back though allowed Daryl Murphy to get a third before Timothee Dieng grabbed a consolation, and following the full-time whistle, Campbell spoke to the press about the defeat.

On the controversial first-half goals…

The flag’s gone up [for their second goal] and maybe the referee is right, but it’s gone up. We just wanted to know what was going on.

[The ref] didn’t say anything, he just said it was play on. He made the decision, you’ve just got to get on with it. Of course, I’m going to be passionate because they scored a goal from that scenario; we just wanted to know why the flag went up and why there was no free-kick. I just wanted to know, but maybe the linesman and referee were speaking and they got the decision right.

Whether it’s come off his chest [for the first goal] and his hand, I don’t know. His hand is way above his head and obviously, we don’t seem to be getting these decisions. Anywhere else, that’s a handball.

On Harry Lennon…

Harry has scored and then he’s fractured his fibula. That’s another left-sided defender gone, another long-term injury and his season’s finished.

He’s just started getting back in and he’s done really well, it seems like when it rains it really pours. We’ve somehow got to group together and keep it going and see what happens in January as well.

What we’ve got now, we’ve got to work hard and make it happen. We can’t afford to allow little mistakes to go punished. I can’t fault the shift and the energy of the guys, but just their decision making is really letting us down.

On the need for the January window…

It’s there and we’re after people, but whether they’re going to come is another situation, so we’ve got to work hard on that.

I’ve got to work hard with that and hopefully, we get lucky with some of the deals. There’ll be some players that relish the challenge [of coming here] and that’s what we’ve got to get.

On the Boxing Day against MK Dons…

They’re all big games. They’re there in and around us, but we’ve got to pick up points up against whoever we play. We can’t pick and choose.

We’ve just got to set our stall out and hopefully, we’ll get the result with good performances and work ethic. If we drop off from that, we get exposed.


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