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Southend United v Chertsey Town – Emirates FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round – Roots Hall Stadium – Reaction

Southend United 4-1 Chertsey Town

Jason Demetriou reflected upon a good day in an otherwise turbulent office after overseeing Southend United’s 4-1 Emirates FA Cup fourth qualifying round victory over Chertsey Town at Roots Hall Stadium.

While the troubled club looked for a successor to Phil Brown – sacked following the Blues difficult start to the campaign – Demetriou was handed the reigns on an interim basis. His first task, to navigate a potential banana skin provided by the up-and-coming Pitching In Isthmian League South Central outfit.

Blues couldn’t have handed their rookie boss a worse start, falling behind to Casey Maclaren’s early header. However, the home side roared back with goals from Nathan Ferguson, Rhys Murphy, Nathan Ralph and Louis Walsh to send their supporters home with a rare smile on their faces.

“After the first five minutes, we were saying ‘oh no, is this going to happen, but I had a lot of confidence in the boys,” Demetriou explained.

“We had a great week, and we know we’ve got a good group there, it’s just about confidence and building on it.

“They really stuck to their task and I was really impressed with the performance today.”

Blues awful form in recent times wasn’t lost on the former Cypriot international; “I’ve been here a long time so I knew the record that we’ve only come back from behind twice in the last couple of years, so in the back of my mind I was thinking “no, no, no.”

“I didn’t want to let the boys know that though and you can tell that they really got into it, and once we got the first goal it settled.

“We know we’re better than Chertsey – no disrespect – and we know we should be winning this game, and the confidence come.

“I’m proud of the whole team and I’m looking forward to joining back in next week, but I was really proud of everybody today.”

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