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Reaction: Campbell on MK Dons stalemate

27 December 2019

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Blues ended their 2019 with a hard-fought 2-2 draw against MK Dons at Roots Hall but boss Sol Campbell felt it could so easily have been a win for his side.

Joe Mason tapped MK Dons in front after just 13 minutes before Stephen Humphrys won Southend a penalty which Jason Demetriou calmly dispatched.

Rhys Healey’s scruffy effort was then cancelled out by a Rob Kiernan header before Blues missed a number of chances to win the match, leaving Campbell frustrated when talking to the press.

On the draw…

We’ve been moving in the right direction; we just need to get over the line in the last third. We had more than enough chances to finish the game off, but the goalkeeper has had a worldy with a number of fantastic saves – just like our goalkeeper as well. I think if they had our chances, we’d have lost the game.

We are playing better, we’re a bit more solid here and there, but there are lapses in concentration in both boxes. We just need that little bit more concentration and awareness; we’ve had more than enough chances to kill the game but we could have easily ended up losing the game.

On the character to come from behind twice…

The lads have shown great character. They’ve put in a fantastic shift, everybody worked really hard and showed great character to get back into the game. We had more than enough chances to win the game today and that’s the most disappointing thing for me.

This is the next step: believing we can win the game and just having that coolness in front of goal. We had more than enough chances to finish the tie off but then we could have ended up losing the game.

On changes to the system and squad…

I think it’s all about rotating the team and looking at who’s playing. With Nathan Bishop, he’s played really well and been enthusiastic, and I think we wanted to give him a bit of rest as the pressure was building a little bit. Mark Oxley has come in and done really well, made some fantastic saves and put in a good performance today.

System wise, [changes] have been forced upon us through injuries. We’ve got long term injuries, so we’ve had to keep shuffling the pack. I want to keep it to one system but injuries have come thick and fast, and long-term injuries too.


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