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REACTION: MAHER ON HARD FOUGHT WIN AT DOVER

29 January 2022

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Southend United finished off January unbeaten in the league following a 1-0 win against Dover Athletic at the Crabble Athletic Ground this afternoon.

Boss Kevin Maher said that the three points were “the most important thing” after his Blues side struggled to find the quality they needed to dispatch bottom club Dover.

And it was a piece of quality that won it for the visitors as Noor Husin’s excellent volley secured Blues the three points in front of almost 2,000 travelling Southend fans.

“That’s the most important thing [the three points],” said the Southend United Head Coach following the full-time whistle in Kent.

Maher continued, saying: “I said before the game it’ll probably be our toughest game we would have faced for a good while. Give them all the credit, the position they are in in the league it would have been easy for them to down tools, but I know the manager and that was never going to happen.

“They’ve got some dangerous players going forward and they’re going to cause teams problems here. That’s credit to them, I have to say.

“Conditions were difficult. It was a bobbly, slow pitch, in contrast to Tuesday night which was slick and a good surface, but you’ve got to find ways to win a game and we found one.

“That’s the sign of a good side, and hopefully we’re becoming a decent side.”

The match was decided with 17 minutes remaining as Husin, in just his third appearance for Blues, popped up with a superbly taken winner.

After Tom Clifford’s corner was headed towards goal by Sam Dalby and cleared off the line, Husin followed up to find the top corner with a controlled volley, a sign of the quality he brings to the side and the reason why Maher brought him in from Dartford.

“Noor’s got that quality and he’s going to get better the more he plays, the more he trains.

“With the ones we’ve brought in, that’s what we’re looking for from them. When they come into full-time football and get up to speed with that every day, playing every week, at that level and that intensity that we want to play at, they’ll only get better."

With the win extending Southend’s unbeaten run in the league to six matches, Maher's final word was for the fans that travelled in incredible numbers to support the side.

Having taken close to 600 to Aldershot in midweek, another 1900-plus made the trip down to Dover to cheer on the Blues and Maher was pleased to send them home happy with three points.

“That’s incredible again and I’m absolutely delighted for them.

“I said I believed in the club when I come back, and I believe in the club and I believe in the fans.

“I’m delighted to give them three points to go home with and get on the train, go and have a couple of pints and enjoy their night.”


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