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Reaction: Campbell on dramatic Lincoln win

1 February 2020

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Southend picked up their first home league win of the season in dramatic fashion as Elvis Bwomono nodded in Blues’ winner in the 96th minute to pick up a 2-1 victory against Lincoln City.

Charlie Kelman’s strike midway through the second-half was cancelled out late on by Harry Anderson, who looked to have secured Lincoln an unlikely point.

But Bwomono would snatch the winner in the dying seconds for the home side and after the game, boss Sol Campbell gave his thoughts on the win.

On a huge victory…

When you start off the day and you’ve got several under 23 academy guys – some playing, the majority on the bench – it’s an interesting start of the day. You’re hoping that everybody gels together and they give a good account of themselves, and they did.

They played really good football, they stuck to the plan, they played some good combinations and we were a threat. It’s a fantastic result for us because of the situation this week and where we are now.

You’re 1-0 for the majority of the second-half and you’re thinking we’re going to close out the game and then all of a sudden they get a goal at the death. Then we find another gear and push on again; Tom Clifford made a lovely combination getting in and nearly scores and then Elvis [scores] – he had a fantastic game at centre half.

There were some heroic performances out there and the older, more experienced players carried the rest through, while the younger ones stood up to be counted and showed some good character.

On having to use the youngsters…

That’s all I’ve got and I had to make the best of it.

It was good to see they were a little bit nervous in the beginning but then they grew into the game and got better and better. That was pleasing to see that they showed a little bit of character, especially second-half as well. They listened to me and took the lead from the experienced players on the pitch and it was really nice to see that.

They’re learning on the job. That’s the situation that we’re in. I said to them on Friday, some of the older players will be saying what’s going on, no one’s coming in, but I said to the younger players that this is the opportunity for you to take and that’s what it’s all about – seizing the opportunity and going for it.

On John White’s injury and potential signings…

We don’t know yet [about John’s injury] but he feels it may be a fracture. We have to wait and see to find out exactly what it is. He’s gone to the hospital and we’ll hope for the best.

I’m waiting for some Christmas presents. They’re a bit late though but I don’t mind when I get the Chrismas presents as long as they come, I’m happy.

I’m not going to say someone is coming or no one is coming until they’re here, so I can’t really say anything at the moment. I’ve got to deal with what I’ve got here. If some Christmas presents come my way, late ones, then that’ll be quite nice.

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