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10 January 2022

Harrison Neal said he was pleased with his Southend debut, as he helped Blues overcome Weymouth 1-0 at Bob Lucas Stadium on Saturday.

The midfielder, who joined Southend on loan until the end of the season from Sheffield United, went straight into the starting line-up against the Terras.

Talking about his own performance, Neal said: "I enjoyed it. I think the early booking [for myself] killed me a bit because I had to stand off a bit. I also got caught on the ball a few times but overall, I think I did alright.

"It’s a bit of a step up [from National League North]. Everything is a bit quicker, you don’t really have time to take three touches.

"We’ve dug in together. We think we could’ve scored more goals, but I don’t remember them really testing us, and we saw it out well.

"The back three were excellent, so it’s a good start.”

Neal went on to say that he's joined a squad of players who are all feeling confident.

"I’ve only been here two days but everything I’ve seen so far has been positive. Hopefully, it carries on.

"I watched a few games before I joined, and I think there’s more than enough quality to spread the gap between the drop zone and ourselves.

"For me, I just want to play as many games as possible, help pick up as many points as possible and move up the league.

"We’ve spoken about the month ahead and the importance of picking up points. We’ve started today by picking up three points."

Neal is joined at Blues by U23 teammate Kacper Lopata and former academy manager Darren Currie.

And Neal said those two, as well as advice from Zak Brunt, helped him make his decision to join Southend.

Neal said: "It’s difficult when you go into a new team but having Darren [Currie] and Kacper [Lopata] here has helped.

"I spoke to Zak Brunt too and he had nothing but good things to say. It was a no brainer to join."

After one defeat in six games, Blues welcome Yeovil Town to Roots Hall on Tuesday hoping to widen the gap between themselves and the relegation zone, and Neal is eager to make his home debut.

He said, "I can’t wait [for Tuesday]. We’ve won today so I just want to get back out there straight away."

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