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SOL CAMPBELL believed Southend United’s humiliating 7-1 Sky bet League One defeat to Doncaster Rovers at Roots Hall didn’t give a true reflection of his new charges.
Campbell was announced as Blues boss shortly before kick-off on Tuesday evening and watched on as the Yorkshiremen ran riot again nine-man Southend, who had Ethan Hamilton and Stephen McLaughlin sent-off.
Speaking at his first press conference in the hot seat, the one-time England defender explained: “Well, you know, when you look at it – it’s a little bit not like a true light because once you get one man off and then the second one gets sent off the game is done, really.
“So the lads were kind of going all over the place and Doncaster was keeping the ball – as a contest, it was over so I don’t think it was a true reflection of the club.”
On the current mood around the club, Campbell added: “Well, it’s normal for a lot of losses. That comes with a lack of confidence. I’ve got to build that in. We can definitely do that – how we set up and get fitter, understanding the roles – I think that’s very important for all the players to kind of understand their roles and get fitter and stronger.
“But as you get stronger in your own position, obviously the confidence will come. But we need to start winning games and be able to be competitive.
“That’s the main thing, really. Every time we go out onto the pitch we have got to compete. That’s the first thing, the first rule to go toe-to-toe with whoever we are playing.”
The 45-year-old Londoner has had already had an opportunity to work with his players on the training ground and confirmed that he has his work cut out.
“Well, there’s lots to do, that’s for sure,” he continued.
“I think when you get a new job you’ve got to find your feet, find what’s happening in the club – all the different faces. It’s normal, really. It’s a bit of rushing around and late nights.”