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Preview: Waddock on Shrewsbury Town

17 September 2019

Caretaker manager Gary Waddock has called on Southend United to build on the point against Fleetwood Town when they face Sam Ricketts’ Shrewsbury Town tonight.

Blues travel to the 15th-placed Shrews where they haven’t won since a midweek game in Shropshire in 2016 when Stephen Hendrie netted a 79th minute winner.

And Waddock spoke on Monday about how the place has been given a lift after Blues secured their first point of the season.

On the atmosphere at the training ground…

Directly after the game everybody was pleased and they’ve taken that over into Monday morning and the training session, but we’re looking to build on that as I said after the game on Saturday. We’re in a positive frame of mind going into Tuesday.

On whether belief has been instilled…

Everybody wants to play like Man City but at this moment in time it’s about getting results and we need to do that, but we also need to be nice and solid. We need to have some way of playing to be able to do that. We’ve worked hard on that in the last week and obviously Monday morning again. We’ve gone through certain areas where we can go and hurt the opposition, also mindful of the fact that there’s areas that they will look to exploit and hurt us.

On Saturday being positive for everyone…

It was a great boost, but I also think the lads got a boost from the home support, I thought they were excellent and they stayed with the group even when things weren’t going so well. It was a great atmosphere around the place during the course of the game which I think gave the players a lift and then afterwards I think the home supporters saw the lads gave everything so that’s encouraging signs also.

On fielding sides for two games this week…  

You want energy in the team. We rotated the group on Monday morning and we haven’t named the team, we will do that tomorrow when we have a presentation going into the game. Then make our mind up what we think is the best starting eleven for the game against Shrewsbury.

On Mark Milligan and Nathan Ralph …

Nathan’s done some work with the group so we’re waiting to see if there’s a reaction. For Milligan, he’s trained with Ben and done some work but again Saturday was too early, and I think this one will be too early as well. We don’t want to throw him back in, we want to wait till he’s 100 per cent right, so Saturday will be more realistic really.

On what he expects from Shrewsbury…

It’s going to be a tough game. They are a strong side and physically strong as well. We need to do better, they have some good players like Fleetwood had on Saturday but as I said going into that game, it’s about what we do and how we approach the game.

On how to limit the goals conceded…

It’s difficult but we just have to work hard on the training ground to try and put that right. The good thing from Saturday was we scored three so if we can look after the other end, and that’s not just the back line and the goalkeeper, it’s the whole team, then we will stand a good chance. We need to be more solid and compact, out of possession we need to do better.


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