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Moore delighted to continue progression at Blues

2 January 2019

Taylor Moore will remain at Southend United until the end of the season.

The centre back, who signed on loan from Bristol City on the final day of the summer transfer window, has impressed making 24 appearances and also winning the Genting Casino Player of the Month award back in October.

Chris Powell confirmed the news after New Year’s Day 2-0 win over Gillingham, in which Moore wrapped up the three points with the first goal of his career in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

And the 21-year-old was delighted to have lifted the weight of getting his first goal, the three points and also extending his stay at Roots Hall.

On whether he was excited or calm at the end…

I definitely wasn’t calm. I think the way we defended in the second half we didn’t give them too many chances and the chances they did get young Nathan Bishop did really well with. We were happy to sit back and let them come to us and defend our lead and the craziness at the end always makes it that little bit more special when you can clear the ball at one end them go up the other and score.

On whether the ball over the line…

I can’t exactly remember it very clearly but from what I saw it wasn’t [over the line]. Bish got down and did very well there and a few of our defenders threw their body on the line and it ended up getting back into Bish’s hands somehow. On one hand you could say that was lucky but I believe that’s hard work and we created our own luck there.

On his first ever goal…

It’s been a long time coming really, I’ve had a few shots and a few headers and I’m getting close to 100 professional appearances now and it was a weight on my shoulders so thankfully that’s been lifted. I’m really, really happy.

On how much he’s enjoying his football…

Even more so than I was now [after scoring], and when you can sense the crowd cheer when the ball hit the back of the net, I feel how special it actually is here for me.

And about extending his stay at Blues…

After the Coventry game I had a meeting with the manager here and he had been in touch with Bristol City and everyone’s kind of agreed that they’re happy to let me continue my progression here at Southend and that’s what I wanted as well, so thankfully the manager has been able to agree that, and I’m very happy to be cracking on here and learning as much as possible.

I think there’s a lot of stuff that I still need to improve on. I’m 21 and I do want to get to the very top one day so I do have to be patient, especially being a defender. I am working day in day out with the coaches here, with Kev Keen , with Damo [Damian Matthew] and the Gaffer, and to be surrounded by players that want you to do well is special as well. It makes it even more special that I had 14 or 15 family members here today so that was quite nice.


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