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Reaction: Blues boss on defeat to Blackpool

8 February 2020

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Armand Gnanduillet once again was the scourge of Southend United as his brace was enough to hand Southend United a 2-1 defeat at Bloomfield Road against Blackpool.

The Frenchman nodded the Tangerines in front late in the first half before scoring from the spot in the second half to put Simon Grayson’s side on their way to their first win in nine.

Stephen McLaughlin scored a spectacular goal to halve the deficit but Blues could find an equaliser and after the match, boss Sol Campbell gave us his thoughts on the narrow defeat.

On the loss to Blackpool…

If we had started the game like we did in the second half, we’d have got something out of the game. In the first half we didn’t win any second balls, we were kind of lethargic in our play and we just weren’t at the races.

You’ve got to be on it – last week’s gone now and it’s all about this week now, this game. We’ve got to start again, reboot and put all the effort in, and second half we showed that. They didn’t have many shots on target, but they had the right amount of shots and we’ve lost 2-1.

We got back in, the fight was there, the passing was there, the last third play was better, we were more assertive in the last third and we won second balls in and around the box second half. Overall, it was full-on second half but first half we can’t really start games like that.

On Stephen McLaughlin’s goal…

It was a fantastic strike, but he had a very good chance in the first half to put us 1-0 up and then the game can totally change from there. He had a really good chance; the keeper’s done really good and closed the angle but if that goes in then we’ve got a chance in the game.

Goals change games is the old saying, but we’ve got to really take those chances. His second half goal though was fantastic, it was a great strike. He’s come close in the last three or four games, just missing out on scoring here and there, so I was glad to see that one go in.

On the youngsters…

As the games come thick and fast the enthusiasm for the youngsters is always there. It’s the impact mentally as well and it’s a lot for the youngsters that come in and playing week in, week out is tough for them and that comes with experience.

They’re trying their best, they’re working hard. It is what it is at Southend and we have to utilise the players here and they’re holding their own. Week in, week out though it’s difficult, it’s experience and they haven’t got that. They will get that but at the moment they haven’t got that.

Now all the games are a test. We have to patch ourselves up again and go again, and hopefully, we get a bit of luck [at Peterborough]. That’s all we can do really; we’re going to look over the next 10 days to two weeks and see where we’re at.

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