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Campbell: "We’ve got to work harder than everyone else."

21 November 2019

Sol Campbell will be looking for his Southend United side to put in a similar display to last time out against AFC Wimbledon.

Blues beat the Dons in the Leasing.com Trophy at Roots Hall 3-1 to claim a first win under Campbell.

And he wants that to be a springboard for a good performance in Sky Bet League One against Oxford United this weekend.

"For me, that was more than a win for us,” Campbell explained.

"It gave us confidence in the sense that we can play football, we can score goals and we can win a game. Those elements all in that game and the performance was very good. It was excellent.

"People wanted to link up, pass, run, willing to make space for each other and the team mentality was great in the game.

"Yes, it was a dead rubber, but for us it was more about the performance and getting a win for the first time in a long time under our belts, regardless the competition.”

Campbell added: "We’ve got to get in a situation where we go into games and we can compete, and we’ve got to work harder than everyone else.

"We haven’t got the luxury of being mid-table, we are where we are.

"We’ve got to start turning losses into draws and draws into wins.

"From now until the end of the season it’s going to be a hard road.

"We’re putting the lads through their paces so they can withstand any pressure, go toe-to-toe with opposition and compete. That’s key.

"I don’t think we’ve been in that situation for a long time. It’s a gradual process and changing the mentality, the fitness, how we look at games and how you look at football as players.

"We are in it together, the only way we’re going to get out is we all club together, work hard for each other and by building that spirit that comes with working hard, winning games or getting a draw from a tough game.

"We’ve got to build all these things from now until the end of the season."

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