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Reaction: Waddock's delight at first win of the season

21 September 2019

Reaction from caretaker manager Gary Waddock after watching Blues pick up their first win of the season in determined style away at MK Dons.

Charlie Kelman, back in the side after sruggling with injury, was the man to win it for Southend, slotting home inside four minutes.

And the team stuck to their task defensively to hold on for the win in Buckinghamshire.

Here's what Waddock said after the game.

On the first win of the season…

I’m delighted for the players, the staff, the supporters and the chairman as well

It’s been challenging over the last few weeks and to come here against a very good side and get a clean sheet and an away win is very good.

On turning it around from Tuesday night…

The players responded really well and showed a lot of resilience, and to bounce back from the defeat on Tuesday is very pleasing.

It’s quite easy in the current situation that we’re in for heads to drop, but not today.

Our backs were against the wall but we defended for our lives. We had a game plan, we saw it through and we got our rewards.

On using it as a springboard…

I’ve just said that to the players. There’s no point turning up here and putting in a performance like that, winning the game and then not rocking up for the next few games.

We have to be consistent with what we’re doing, consistent with our work to achieve the goals that we want, and that’s winning football matches.

All credit to the players, enjoy the moment and then we’ll be back in on Monday to prepare for Saturday.

On where it leaves himself…

It’s out of my hands and in the chairman’s hands. As I said from day one, he will make the decision that he feels is right for the football club.

I’ll respect that, whatever decision it is, and just do my work accordingly.


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