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26 April 2022

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Blues boss Kevin Maher expressed his joy with his team as they made it three wins in a row by overcoming Boreham Wood 1-0 at Roots Hall.

Jack Bridge’s 77th minute header proved to be the difference on the night after he converted from a pinpoint Jason Demetriou cross at point blank range.

“I think it’s a really good performance,” said Maher after the full-time whistle at Roots Hall.

“I said at half time to stay patient. I thought we were good for the entire game and ground them down with the ball.

“We waited for an opportunity to score and Bridgey took his chance well.

“I’m pleased with everyone because the performances were to a high standard throughout the team. We played well with the ball, and we moved it quite well.

“The longer the game went on we knew spaces would open up, and we could’ve scored one or two more.”

Blues went a goal ahead in the 77th minute after almost seeing themselves go a goal down from a David Stephens header, but the Boreham Wood defender couldn’t make a clean connection with the ball.

That allowed Blues to counter-attack through Jason Demetriou, who managed to pick out Jack Bridge with a perfectly timed cross, which Bridge managed to put past Nathan Ashmore in the Boreham Wood goal.

Maher added: “It was a brilliant cross from JD and Bridgey read the flight of the ball well.

He [Jack Bridge] had a chance in the first half, and we told him at half time to throw his head at it! He took his chance so well.

“It was a tough evening, but we didn’t expect anything else. They’ve [Boreham Wood] had a really good season and can still make the play-offs, so it shows what a good side they are.

“There was more confidence in us. We didn’t panic. Off the back of two wins, we could feel the confidence and it was important that we kept going forward with the ball.

“The players have been brilliant, I thought Kens [Ollie Kensdale] was excellent. We lost a few players to injuries and it’s hard for those coming in, but they’ve all been brilliant on the training ground.”

Southend secured their second clean sheet in a row for the first time this season, and Kevin Maher heaped the praise on his players.

The Head Coach said: “We’ve had two clean sheets in a row against two good sides, it shows how much work is going on at the training ground.

“It’s credit to the players, they take our coaching on board and it’s led to two strong performances.

“I thought Sam Dalby was brilliant, and Cards had a chance that hit the post for the amount of work he does for the team is outstanding.”



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