Campbell stands by his young Blues

Brian Jeeves

Southend United 0-2 Coventry City – Reaction

SECOND-HALF goals from substitutes, Callum O’Hare and Maxime Biamou were enough for high-flying Coventry City to plunder the points and inflict a twenty-first Sky Bet League One defeat on troubled Southend United. However, Blues boss, Sol Campbell, was encouraged by his youthful side after they stifled the Sky Blues for almost an hour.

“We had a really good go of it,” the former Arsenal and Spurs defender explained.

“We started off really well, got in good positions and we frustrated them. Yes, they hit the bar a couple of times, but we had some really key moments where there was a lack of experience or awareness in the last third.

We kind of wanted to make it so perfect, but just take a shot. If one of them goes in or at the very least, we should have been troubling the goalkeeper.”

The Blues boss continued: “Second half, the quality showed, and it adds a different level. We’ve got so many guys that are under twenty playing and they’re playing their socks off, they’re working really hard and I’m pleased for them.

“They stood up for the majority of the game, but in the end that lack of experience here and there and that’s what happens.”

Teenager Callum Taylor was handed his Football League debut – the goalkeeper replacing Mark Oxley in the final stages of the game.

Speaking about his injured senior stopper, Campbell added: “We’ll see how by tomorrow or Monday but it could be a week, a few days, two to three weeks, I’m not sure. It was his thigh.

“That’s the situation we see ourselves in as a club, but we’ve just got to look at other scenarios. Maybe we could get an emergency loan? I don’t even know if we can?

“We’d have to find out if there are any offers out there, but I need to find out if we can do it because I don’t know if we can.”


Brian Jeeves