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Reaction: "It's been a long time coming" - Campbell on Blues' win at Accrington

18 January 2020

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Sol Campbell said it is a “relief” to finally taste a league victory as Southend manager as Blues beat Accrington Stanley 2-1 at the Wham Stadium this afternoon.

Jason Demetriou’s penalty was the winner for the visiting Blues, who’d earlier gone ahead through Charlie Kelman only for Dion Charles to equalise just a few minutes later.

And after picking up just Southend’s second league victory of the season, and first under his watch, the boss gave us his thoughts on the long coming Blues victory.

On finally getting a win…

It’s [a feeling of] relief really and it’s been a long time coming. Some of the results have just not gone our way or we’ve let it slip in the last four, five minutes or just not kept the lead.

Congratulations to the lads. There have been a few enforced changes today and the lads responded really well and put in a great shift. Congratulations to everybody that’s a part of Southend, it’s great really.

When you look at the Rotherham game, we had really good chances to win the game; same with MK Dons; Bristol Rovers we were two up and let it slip; Bolton, a couple of injuries turned the game on its head – so it’s been coming, we’ve just not finished it off and gotten over the line.

We had a couple of chances today as well to kill the game completely, but I’m not going to moan about that, I’m just going to be happy and enjoy today.

On a couple of key men…

Charlie Kelman’s come in and he’s been really good, he’s done really well and scored a couple of goals already since I’ve been here. Good strike, it was fantastic, and he took the goal really well and I’m pleased for him. He led the line and he and Tom Hopper played really well together.

Mark Oxley’s come in and done tremendously. He’s made some fantastic saves today and good decisions as well, and that helps the confidence of the team when your keeper can make good decisions in those vital moments.

Everyone’s a part of it – from the staff to the fans, to the players, everyone put a fantastic shift in. We all were hoping and wishing, thinking when was this win going to come, and it’s come now and we’re over the moon.

On Blues’ survival hopes…

There are enough points to go for. As long as it’s mathematically there, everything is possible. I’m not going to give up on the team and say it’s done.

I don’t care what anyone else says, I don’t care if we don’t get anyone in or we get someone in, I’m just going to get on with it.

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