Blues boss Mark Molesley was pleased to see his early work beginning to show as Southend United opened their pre-season campaign with a 4-0 win over Great Wakering Rovers on Tuesday night.
A brace from Stephen Humphrys in the first-half set Blues on their way to a convincing victory against the Isthmian North side, with Eren Kinali and Jason Demetriou rounding off the scoring.
And having overseen his first game in charge, just five days after being named Southend boss, Molesley was delighted to get off to a winning start.
"It’s early days, but the bits that we’ve worked on we’ve seen some of that evidenced tonight so that’s great to see,” said Molesley following the win at Burroughs Park.
"It was their first 45 minutes in five months, so it’s been a long time, and their attitude and application were superb.
"We created a lot of chances. It’s a nice surface but very long grass and I think it took a little bit of sting out of some of our shots, and that last little bit of link play the ball speed was a little slow due to the grass, but other than that I thought we applied ourselves really well."
Pre-Season is always a time for teams to build their fitness up as they prepare for a long and gruelling season, but this pre-season is like no other that Molesley or anyone has been a part of.
And with just 17 days between now and Blues’ first competitive fixture of the season against Gillingham in the Carabao Cup, Molesley was just happy to get his side through unscathed.
"The season’s coming across quite quickly, so we have to make sure we time this pre-season just about right because it’s a shortened time. We need to overload them as much as we can but without pushing them into that sort of danger zone.
"We’re pleased to get 45 minutes for everyone. The aim was to bring everyone through unscathed and we’ve come out with that.”
With further pre-season games to come over the next couple of weeks, the Blues gaffer was naturally pleased to get off to a winning start and hopes that’ll build confidence in his Southend side that has found wins hard to come by in recent seasons.
"We’ve scored four goals and haven’t conceded any, you’re always going to look at the main stats of the game.
"It’s always important [to win] as it helps build confidence, but it’s early days yet and I feel it was a great exercise and a great work out for the boys tonight.”