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Gary Waddock's Millwall Reaction

24 July 2019

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Southend’s Gary Waddock was pleased with his side’s performance this evening as Blues beat Championship side Millwall in what the Assistant Manager described as a “proper game”.

After going behind in unfortunate circumstances with Nathan Ralph scoring an own-goal, two goals in quick succession from substitute Theo Robinson saw Southend pick up a 2-1 win.

Waddock spoke to the press after the match to say Blues wouldn’t be getting “carried away” with the win over the Championship side, but that he was delighted with the performance nonetheless.

On the win…

I thought the lads performed extremely well against a good side. It was a proper fixture, as such. Normally pre-season games are sometimes are a little bit off the tempo, but it was a proper game tonight.

I would say [it was our best performance of pre-season]. The players have worked really hard; the staff and the manager have put a lot of things in and the players have taken it onto the field of play, so it’s been encouraging.

Slowly but surely, we’ve got to the point of how we performed today, but nobody is getting carried away with it. It’s a pre-season game against good opposition and we’re working our way towards the start of the season.

On building confidence…

I think for the group of players they’ll gain a lot of confidence from tonight.

Going a goal behind, which was a hell of a goal to concede, and then to fight back scoring two very goals to go on and win the game was great, but we’ve not picked up any league points tonight so we have to remain calm but pleased with the performance.

On Robinson and the new boys…

Theo’s done really well tonight. He was a good impact coming off the bench getting those two goals and he’ll be full of confidence now.

I thought everybody contributed really well tonight. Everybody who entered the field of play and the subs who didn’t, they’re all sticking together and it was great to get the performance tonight.

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