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Campbell: "It’s about respecting that confidence"

Blues boss on building on Lincoln win, ironing out errors and praise for Bwomono

7 February 2020

Southend United boss Sol Campbell previews his side’s next game which sees Blues take on Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Saturday.

With the chance to make it back to back victories, Campbell said nobody is getting ahead of themselves after picking up a first home win of the season last time out.

Read Campbell’s pre-match thoughts in full below.

On the Lincoln performance…

"We’re not going to get carried away. When you have young players you’re going to have mistakes here and there over the pitch and we have to iron those things out.

"You don’t want to rely on luck. We’ve got to perform really well.

"When we play football and we’re not under pressure we should keep the ball, and those were the moments we were losing the ball and not making the right decisions.

"Yes, we won 2-1 but there’s moments that we should be controlling the game and not making sloppy passes here or there.

"We have to iron those things out and that’s normal, training will take care of that.

"The more the youngsters play the more confident they’ll get."

On feeding off the result…

"The feeling you can feed off and grow. That’s key to get confidence back into the team, and it is there in the team now.

"We have to make sure we look after it now and kick on with that, but you don’t want to be over confident.

"It’s nice to have that confidence that wasn’t really there a couple of months ago.

"It’s about respecting that confidence, respecting where you are, not getting carried away and continuing to do the right things."

On the difficulties building consistency having to constantly make changes to the starting XI…

"It is what it is, we’ve just got to get on with it, and the lads are getting on with it. It’s nice to see everyone pulling together, it’s refreshing.

"Everyone is working hard and putting a shift in and showing desire and passion which I’m sure the crowd can sense."

On Elvis becoming a leader…

"He’s done unbelievable really.

"I saw him from the beginning and he was definitely up there, but as the games have gone on he’s had to play in different positions.

"He really woke me up when he started playing at the back as a centre half, an auxiliary centre half.

"He showed his metal and his confidence, there were a couple of hairy moments, but overall he’s done really well for Southend.

"He’s got good pace, he’s got good attitude on him and he’s only going to get better and better. He’s definitely one of the guys who has been at the top of the list; a proper pro."

On facing Blackpool…

"We’re playing away from home and we’ve got to look at all games and say how can we win it.

"We’re in a situation that we have to pick up points home and away."


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