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Kevin Bond's Dagenham reaction

Boss on 1-1 draw, Goodship's goal and Tom Hopper

20 July 2019

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Southend boss Kevin Bond felt his Blues side got all that they wanted to get out of this afternoon’s friendly against Dagenham & Redbridge as they drew 1-1 at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.

Brandon Goodship notched the first goal of his Blues career on the half-hour mark before Reece Grant levelled before the interval.

Both sides had chances to win it in the second-half but it remained 1-1 as the full-time whistle went and after the game, the Blues boss gave us his thoughts on the draw with the Daggers.

On the draw…

It was a good workout for us, a good test for us. Again, I thought we played well in the first-half, controlled the ball well and got the goal we wanted.

But as we’d spoken about before, which I don’t want to harp on about, we give such a poor goal away from nowhere which just kills your momentum.

Those individual errors are costing us dearly so that’s disappointing. We’ll look at it, address it, change the personnel; I'm not sure a change of system is required because we didn’t look like conceding anything, but the performance was good.

It’s important that you get a performance to nail down the principles that you’re looking to implement, both in possession and out of possession, which I’m seeing. But the principle I’m not looking for is conceding goals and that’s just an absolute thorn in our side at the moment.

On Goodship and Humphrys…

[Goodship] was unlucky really; he had a couple of glorious chances where ‘keepers have made worldies in the other games so I’m glad he got his goal today. Goalscorers always like to score.

Stephen Humphrys tried his best to get on the score sheet with a couple of free-kicks today and was a threat in behind when he made those runs in the second-half.

On injuries…

The frustration is we’ve had a couple of injuries; Harry Lennon has had to come off, Dru Yearwood has had to come off.

We’ve already got eight long-term ones that I haven’t seen so far this pre-season so that’s a frustration, a big frustration.

From a game perspective, we got from it what we wanted to get from it, with the exception of the two knocks that we got.

On Tom Hopper...

Tom Hopper has been in for a cartilage operation in the last couple of weeks which will extend his rehabilitation period so he's long term. Certainly not in the forseeable fututre, in the first half dozen games, which is our focus.


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