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Humphrys: "We had a real game plan going into the game"

16 September 2019

Stephen Humphrys helped Southend to a point against Fleetwood Town with two second-half goals coming after Stephen McLaughlin had earlier put Blues 1-0 ahead.

Fleetwood fought back and went into half-time with a 2-1 lead before Humphrys struck after the break.

The 22-year-old, who celebrated his birthday on Sunday, was feeling upbeat after the game and is urging the side to build on that with two away games coming up this week.

Here’s what Humphrys had to say after facing the Cod Army.

On the feeling in the dressing room after the draw…

It’s a massive change to what we’ve been used to before. We had a good feeling about us after what was probably the best week of training since we’ve come back from pre-season. The camaraderie and the spirit is good which I think it reflected [in the performance]. We had a lot of courage to get back in that game and end up with a point, our first point on the board which is good.

On the difference to previous games…

I think it was just we had a real game plan going into the game, everyone knew what was expected of them. We worked on tactics, free kicks, switching the play and stuff like that. Everyone knew what we were doing, straight away we went into the game with a vision of what was going to happen, and obviously the goals that we conceded weren’t part of that vision, but we had a good feeling before it.

On the work to be done still…

To be fair they are a very good team, they have a lot of pace and a lot of good technical players who can pick you apart. I think that’s the first time that back four has played together so it’s something to build on and we can only get better from now.

On his goals…

It’s been awful really for the fans at the start of the season, so personally I just wanted to give them something to cheer about and feel good about because they stuck with us from the start of the season up till now. The best feeling for me and for everyone in the dressing room is just that we can finally give the fans a point on the board and something to talk about and feel good about.

On his limited game time this season…

I came here to play football, score goals and it was frustrating at the start because I knew what I had to offer the team so when I wasn’t selected I was frustrated, and I was angry. I think the way I take my shots and things like that is just getting rid of some of that aggression and putting it into something positive, it did feel good to get the two goals.

On taking the positives into Tuesday night…

The feeling is good coming back into the changing room, it’s the first time we’ve not been beaten this season so we will take this point and we will try and build from it. It’s a building block now and we will try and do our best on Tuesday.

On working under Gary Waddock…

I really like Gary, I think he’s a very good coach and he’s a good guy, he speaks to you one-on-one and you know what he wants from you. It’s just little things like when Macca scored his goal, obviously I won the free-kick and he comes over to say that it was brilliant and that’s exactly what I want from you. It gives you a real buzz and you want to work for him, so for me I really like him.

On the positive atmosphere around the club the past week…

It’s not been the best start to the season at all, but we did feel a lot more positive in the week and I think Gary’s had a lot to do with that. The way he’s gone about his work and just little things like putting things up in the changing room such as motivational quotes, things like that doesn’t go unnoticed and it gives you a real sense that he cares and wants us to win.


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