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Campbell's Bristol Rovers Preview

5 December 2019

Southend United travel to the South West on Saturday to face Graham Coughlan’s Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium.

The former Blues defender and assistant manager also boasts club legend Kevin Maher in his backroom staff.

The 1-1 draw with Burton Albion on Tuesday night was the first point gained since Sol Campbell arrived at Roots Hall.

And he wants his side to be more ruthless when they go forward.

"The main thing for us is we need to see the space and see our runners,” said Campbell.

"We had a lot of runners and good situations [on Tuesday against Burton] and we didn’t see it and capitalise on it.

"We’ve got to work harder and those opportunities will appear.

"We were lacking the last pass when it was on, we just didn’t see it. We’ve got to get better at that.

"It’s coming and the more we work at it the better we will get and that luck will drop our way.

"When we’re in the last third we need to start utilising the final pass.

"I don’t want us to be gung-ho, but our mindset when we’re 1-0 up needs to be to go again and kill the game off.

"1-1 away from home is a good result so we have to take every positive when it comes.

"[Saturday] is going to be hard competition and we’ve got to compete in the game."

The Blues boss also spoke about tightening things up at the back.

He believes in the way he wants the team to play, but said that needs to be in the right areas of the pitch.

"We’ve let ourselves down in giving [cheap] goals away,” Campbell added. "I don’t mind teams working hard and scoring against us but we have given away far too many goals because a lack of concentration or a lack of appreciation of where you are on the pitch. What you can get away with and what you definitely cannot get away with.

"We’ve got to play football at the right moments but then we’ve got to put our foot in and tackle, have desire, get back into position, heart and soul and spirit. We’ve got to do that, and then you can start playing your football.

"You’ve got to put your tackles in, get your first headers in, not shanking your header or your clearance, calmness under pressure and then quicken the pace of your game.

"We have to earn the right to play football and we’ve not done enough of that."

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