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24 February 2021

Mark Molesley said tonight’s victory against Forest Green was the fruition of what he sees ‘every day’ from his Southend side who put in a superb display to win 3-1 at the Innocent New Lawn.

Three top strikes from Shaun Hobson, Timothee Dieng and a 42-yard piledriver from Nathan Ferguson wrapped up a huge win and a huge three points for Blues who climbed back out of the relegation zone as a result of tonight’s victory.

And after the full-time whistle had blown in Nailsworth, the Blues boss gave us his assessment of a good night’s work against promotion-chasing Rovers.

On the performance…

“We see that in them every day so it’s nice to see it coming together. All I saw was a group of men out there working hard for each other; we’ve always done that but in fits and starts.

“A good performance from us, and it had to be. Forest Green would have gone top had they beat us tonight. They are a very good side, they play a very good brand of football and you’ve got to be organised against them, otherwise, they’ll pick you apart.  

“I thought we worked really hard for each other tonight and got what we deserved.”

On Blues’ recent run of form…

“It was a freak incident that cost us another clean sheet against Bolton. We gave them a very good game and we were more than a match.

“We were disappointed not to win the Cambridge game as well, so we’ve had four tough games where our performances have been of the standard that we expect.

“That’s what we’re seeing at the moment, what we expect from ourselves and you’ve seen the group really working for each other out there.”

On Hobson and Ferguson’s goals…

“Shaun gets in and around the box and he’s got a moment in him. I had him on loan at Weymouth and he scored a couple of belters as well. He’s certainly got that moment in him and it fell nicely to him and it was a clean strike.

“Ferguson’s was some strike, but we’ve seen him do that away at Port Vale – if I dare to remember that day – but that was one moment there. He’s certainly got that ability and with the wind behind us we wanted to get shots and get crosses into the box and we have certainly done that.

“We asked a lot of questions and in the first-half, we had Emile’s header just go wide, we had crosses, we had shots and we asked a lot of questions of Forest Green tonight, and we need to continue that.

“I expect to see that level of performance, we expect that from ourselves and we got our rewards tonight. The hard work needs to continue, nothing changes – win or lose, we’ve got to keep working hard, keep believing in ourselves and keep wanting to get better.”

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