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Reaction: Waddock on Fleetwood draw

14 September 2019

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Blues Caretaker boss Gary Waddock was pleased to see Southend finally get off the mark in the league, saying “it’s a start” after picking up a 3-3 draw at home to Fleetwood Town.

Stephen McLaughlin’s free-kick had been cancelled out before the break by goals from Jimmy Dunne and Josh Morris before Stephen Humphrys equalised for Blues just after the interval.

Kyle Dempsey’s bullet header looked to have won it until Humphrys popped up again late on to grab a point, and after the full-time whilst blew Waddock gave his thoughts to the press.

On getting off the mark…

It’s good and it’s a start. We’ve waited a long time to get ourselves on the board and it was a very difficult game today against a good outfit, but our lads stuck with it and got the reward in the end.

The players have put in a lot of hard work on the training ground. We had a game plan today which worked to a degree as we picked up a point, but I thought the players had a great attitude and they applied themselves correctly in very difficult conditions.

They kept going and they didn’t drop their heads when we go a goal up and the opposition peg us back and go in the lead. I’m delighted for everybody.

On the character shown…

I did say to the players at half-time that it’ll be about your character and not giving up and continuing doing what we’ve tried to do during the course of the game. They changed their formation and we adapted to that and we got a reward in the end.

I’m delighted for everybody from the supporters that turned up today that stayed right behind the team and that made a massive difference; for the chairman, the players, I’m really pleased for everybody.

It’s a start and I said to the players afterwards it’s the first brick because we’ve got to build something, and that’s the first one. It’s ok today, but we’ve got to do better. There are a few smiles today and the players are happy, but we keep our feet firmly on the floor.

On being in the dugout…

I enjoyed it. I’ve been a manager and I know the feeling when results aren’t going so well and when they are going well, so it was nice as a group to put our things into place and we got something for it.

I’ve been asked by the chairman to prepare the team and me, [Svetoslav Todorov and Lee Harrison] have done that today. Tuesday, who knows, I don’t know if there’ll be an appointment, but all I’ll do is give my best for this football club.

Until I’m told otherwise I will do that, I will prepare the team now for Tuesday in a professional manner like we have done throughout the week and we have done throughout the season. We didn’t get the results earlier in the season so we’re looking to build on what we’ve got today.

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