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JAMES DUNNE DELIGHTED TO SCORE FIRST BLUES GOAL

19 April 2022

Midfielder James Dunne expressed his happiness after scoring against his former club, as Southend returned to winning ways against Barnet on Easter Monday.

Dunne, who was an 81st minute substitute, tapped in the third goal in the 95th minute to secure the three points for Kevin Maher’s side and open his account in a Southend United shirt.

On his goal, Dunne said: "I’m really glad to score and to help get the win over the line.

"The gaffer brought me on to sit in front of the back four, but I saw my chance and luckily I scored the third goal!

"It was my first goal for Southend and my first goal for about three or four years.

"It was important [to get the win] after how it’s been the last few weeks. We’ve been on such a high with the unbeaten run but also a rocky spell [after that].

"It was good to get the win and hopefully we can carry it on for the rest of the season."

The result meant Blues got their first win in six attempts, but Dunne insisted the side's poor form has not had an adverse affect on the squad.

He added: "It’s a great dressing room with good people in it. We worked on getting back to basics after the last few results and believing in what the gaffer, Benno and Daz have been telling us.

"It’s important to realise who’s missing. We lost Kacper [Lopata] and Ralphy [Nathan Ralph] too. It’s been tough for the boys that have come in but now hopefully we can get some good results before the end of the season."

Blues return to action on Saturday 23rd April when they welcome promotion chasing FC Halifax Town to Roots Hall. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.


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