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Reaction: "They’ve worked extremely hard on the training ground so it’s nice to get them all together."

12 July 2019

Southend’s Assistant Manager Gary Waddock was pleased with the workout his Blues side got as they headed into a five-day training camp off the back of a 2-2 draw away at Weymouth.

Stephen Humphrys grabbed his second goal of pre-season with a free-kick before setting up Isaac Hutchinson before the break, but goals from Abdulai Baggie and Jake McCarthy kept it level.

After the final whistle blew, Waddock spoke to the press to give his assessment of the game.

On the workout…

It’s a fitness exercise and the lads were getting minutes into the legs again.

We’ve had a long journey down here and the manager rotated the group around from the game against Billericay, so players got 60 minutes/30 minutes and it was another good exercise.

On top of the hard work they’re doing on the training ground as well [the games have started to show], but that’s pre-season.

It’s a case of getting the match fitness, but it will do the lads the world of good.

On Humphrys and Goodship…

You want your strikers scoring and hitting the back of the net, it gives [Humphrys] confidence and it’s very positive for him.

It would have been good for [Brandon to get the winner] and Dru done fantastic to get that chance for him. He’s a goal scorer and it would have been great for him tonight, but it wasn’t to be. He’ll get his goals, I’m sure.

On the upcoming training camp…

They’ve worked extremely hard on the training ground so it’s nice to get them all together.

For me, personally, I’ll get to know them better as well but we’ve come down here to work them hard, physically and on the team shape as well, so it’ll be a good few days together.

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