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12 July 2022

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Blues boss Kevin Maher was pleased with his side’s performance in Southend’s latest pre-season outing as they thumped Isthmian Premier side Canvey Island 7-0 at Park Lane this evening.

The visitors were 3-0 up at the break with Dan Mooney scoring either side of Trialist A tapping in from close range to put Blues well in control going into the second half.

Maher made nine changes on the hour and Southend ran wild with four goals in 19 minutes, including a hat-trick from Callum Powell, as Blues notched a sizeable pre-season win.  

“Yeah, it was pleasing and on a good surface I have to say,” said Maher at full time.

The Southend manager continued, saying: “it’s a good evening for us in terms of the minutes we got into players. Some of them got 60 and the ones that come on got 30 as well, which is difficult for them to be fair to come into a game with 30 to go, but they done it brilliantly well.

“Pleased with everyone, and how they’ve been in pre-season has been first-class. It’s a building step to where we want to get to for August 6th.”

After putting four past Kings Langley on Saturday, Blues are already into double-figures for goals this pre-season and have yet to have been breached with back-to-back clean sheets.

But Maher was rightly not getting too carried away as he continues to focus on fitness, commenting that those coming from part-time football will benefit most from a full pre-season at the club.

“We’re not going to read too much into it, but we’ve got some new players and they’re integrating with the ones that have been here, and the more minutes they can get on the pitch together the better understanding they’ll have of each other and how they play.

“You’ve seen one or two good signs which is pleasing, but I won’t look too much into it.

“Louis Lomas didn’t play tonight, Gus [Scott-Morriss] didn’t play tonight just as a precaution. A lot of them are coming from part-time football and it’s their first full pre-season of day-in, day-out and it’s tough.

“They’ve had a tough two weeks now and it takes time to adjust. There will be ups and downs throughout pre-season but it’s about getting through it and making sure we’re ready for the first game of the season.”

Southend had two trialists on show this evening with each getting 45 minutes and both impressed by getting on the scoresheet.

The Blues boss will continue to run the rule over the two in the coming days with the striker position a particular area Maher feels Southend would like to strengthen in.

“Especially in these games, it gives you an opportunity to look at one or two. We know in the forward areas we are looking and it’s somewhere we want to add to.

“They done well tonight to be fair to them. It’s difficult for them as well, so we’ll look at them over a period as they only trained with us yesterday and they’ll come in for the rest of this week.

“We’ll keep an eye on them and see how they bed in.”

The final word from the boss was reserved for the hat-trick man Callum Powell who got on the scoresheet for the second successive pre-season game, scoring within five minutes of his introduction this evening.

Powell would score twice from the penalty spot, either side of a wonderfully taken effort from the edge of the area, and Maher is delighted with what he’s seen so far this pre-season from the former Kettering man.

“I’m pleased for Powelly, he’s in a good place and you can see how fit he is as a lad and a good pre-season will benefit him.

“Pleased with him, but right across the park I was pleased with everyone’s attitude and how they went about it.”

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