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Reaction: Campbell on win against Bristol Rovers

7 March 2020

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Sol Campbell felt today’s win against Bristol Rovers had been coming from his Blues side after a turbulent few weeks was ended with a 3-1 victory at Roots Hall.

Goals from Charlie Kelman and Stephen McLaughlin, either side of Terrell Egbri’s first senior goal, secured Southend a vital three points and put pay to a recent losing run.

And after the full-time whistle had blown, the Blues boss spoke to the press to give his thoughts on the victory against Rovers.

On the result…

It was a massive result for us. The lads have had a difficult week because we came so close to getting a result at Oxford, but we worked really well in the week and I just said to the guys to go for it.

Sometimes it doesn’t work out like that but just giving them the confidence to go play some football and see if we can win the game. Let’s see what we can do as a team, look forward, play on the front foot and that’s all you can do with so many young guys in the team.

We’ve come so close and this type of result has been coming, and for whatever reason we’ve just missed out and have been unlucky in moments. It was coming because we’ve trained really hard and played really good football, we just haven’t had the luck in front of goal or in and around the box.

Today it all went well, the lads run their socks off and they were at it. In training they were at it and it went into the game, and it was great.

On the character shown and Egbri’s goal…

That’s testament to them and they could have easily gone the other way [after Bristol Rovers scored], but they stood firm and went again and that was fantastic to see that character coming out of the youngsters.

It was pleasing to see how they recovered to go again and withstand that pressure, get another goal and go on from there.

[Ebgri’s] a terrier, he’s up and down and he’s tenacious. He gets in good positions and is a good listener. He wants to listen and get better in training and he’s conscientious, which is what I like with him, and I’m delighted for him to get a goal because of all his hard work.

On ending a tough week on a high…

It’s a pat on the back for the lads. For them to put that to the side and play football, that’s testament to them. There’s some good mentality in here and that’s come through. They showed great character, put everything to the side, played some football and got a great result.

As I’ve said before, I can only deal with football. That’s all I want to deal with, I don’t want to deal with anything else. Yes, I understand the situation above me is not perfect, but I’m trying with my team to make the football-related things steady and solid.

I’m trying to create a framework that players can play from and go back to when they need to be slightly protected or want to attack. That’s all I can deal with and I don’t want to deal with anything above me, because I can’t control what’s above me, but what I’m trying to do is create a framework where the players can win, give it a go and be competitive.  

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