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Blues boss on moving on from the Stockport game, Wealdstone and Junior Blues event

14 April 2022

Kevin Maher admitted he has been working on “building his players up again,” as Southend United prepare to face Wealdstone at Roots Hall on Good Friday.

Blues fell to their heaviest defeat of the season last weekend, a 5-0 setback against Stockport County, and Maher feels he has remedied his players from the affect in confidence that inevitably followed.

"When you’ve been on a run and you lose games, confidence can be affected but we have to build the players up again so they’re ready to go," said the 45-year-old.

"No one has a divine right to win every game we were well beaten at the weekend.

"It should hurt everyone, and it does.

"We’ve reflected on the game and analysed it, but we’ve put it to bed now and we’ll look towards Friday. They [the players] will be ready.

"We’ll make sure they are well prepared for the game, and we want to put a performance in.

"We’re back at home and it’s a chance to get back on track."

Junior Blues had the opportunity to meet the squad on Wednesday and watch a training session unfold at Roots Hall, and the Blues boss believes that such events are priceless, in order to rebuild the connection between the club and the fans.

"When I came back to the club, we needed the connection with the fans which had been missing for a couple of years,” said Maher.

"Events like that go a long way and hopefully there are many more to come in the future that we can do to get the fans watching a bit of training.

"[We] Managed to get a good session in today and we’ve got a lot of games in a short period, starting Friday."

On Friday’s clash, Maher is eager to see his side return to winning ways after a difficult period of four straight defeats.

But the Head Coach feels the Stones will offer a stern test, despite also suffering poor results in recent weeks.

"We’ll pick the strongest team possible, we know what’s coming, we’re in front of our fans and we want to put on a performance," he said.

"It will be a tough one.

"We’ve watched them, and they play good football so they will ask questions of us.

"But we’ll work on ourselves and work on what we’ve got to do to be better.”

The visit of Stuart Maynard’s Wealdstone will see the return of midfielder Nathan Ferguson, who departed Blues in February.

Maher is keen to welcome the midfielder back, and acknowledged the importance of his move to the Stones.

"Fergie did well during his time here and he wanted to go and play football.

"You have to respect that and he has got that so fair play to him and I’m sure he’ll get a good welcome.”

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