Peter Sweeney’s thought following the 2-2 draw with Bournemouth.
“Everyone is disappointed with the way they scored in the final minute, and after playing so well. We have to take just how well we have played, it just shows just how far we have come in that we are absolutely gutted to only have drawn with Bournemouth. We were better than them for most of the game, but it’s a good point and we will take that.
It was a fast game, played at a fast pace. It was two really fit teams going at each other for 90 minutes. Luckily for us our training has been really tough and you can see everyone is in tip top shape, and we can go for as long as we need to.
You try and enjoy a game like that, it’s hard graft but you have to enjoy the hard graft and enjoy the big games like that. Bournemouth are one of the top in the division and we more than matched them, if not was better than them. And it’s a good advert for League One football.
A lot has changed in a few weeks, maybe if we had played them six or seven weeks ago we would have been hammered. You can just see the confidence in the squad and we have good players sitting on the bench that cannot even get a game. You know that if you lose your place, there is people there that can come in and take it. Its good and things are going well; you can see the confidence coming back.
Schuey is out now with the injury, that’s football and he knows that. He’s been brilliant for us and like everyone does, you just have to fill in and do the best that you can do for the team, that’s part and parcel of football.
The gaffer has been brilliant and he has installed a new belief in us all, you don’t stop learning in football. I am learning things now and I know I can do that. We all feel a lot fitter and if you put the work in then you will get the rewards, but training has been tough.
When a new gaffer comes in like this, you always hate him because he changes things and gets you working hard, but he’s been brilliant. It came at the right time. He knows exactly what he wants and he is very good at putting his point across. At the moment, its showing every Saturday and Tuesday night.
The first goal on Saturday was good to see, but playing a pass like that is easy if you have got movement off the ball. I think we have got that in abundance now. The gaffer emphasises that, especially the midfield players and when we get the ball, he wants movement. That makes my job easier if people are moving.
Now it’s the FA Cup and the game is bigger than Saturday’s game against Bournemouth. We all want to progress through that. It’s a massive game and Southend are flying. They’ve won again on Saturday and they will be coming here in top form. They might be playing in League Two, but it will be a tough game. It’s a big game for us.
They will notice the difference in the work ethic, closing down and just how long that we can go for, but we will just have to wait and see on Saturday.
The gaffer has brought loan players into help the squad, and that’s exactly what has happened. They have slotted in, not just on the pitch but even in the dressing room. They are a part of the dressing room until they have to go back to their own clubs.”
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