Maher measures Blues improvement

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Southend United v Solihull Moors – Vanarama National League – Roots Hall Stadium – Reaction

Southend United 1-1 Solihull Moors

It might not have been three points, but it was a measure of how far Southend United have come under the guidance of Kevin Maher and co.

High flying Solihull Moors started brightly, but it was the Blues who made the breakthrough when Sam Dalby headed home just after the half-hour mark.

And although Callum Maycock earned the West Midlanders a share of the spoils on the stroke of half-time, the battling Blues did more than enough to suggest a top-half finish is within their grasp.

“When they hit the crossbar and then Will’s booking, you’re thinking oh, here we go because we had three big players missing,” Maher explained.

“I have to say, credit to the ones that came in. It shows the depth of the squad and where we’ve improved.

“We got a great goal and we just switched off in one moment. They were dangerous on the counter and were looking to flood bodies forward when they took it off us.

“I was pleased with the performance, I have to say, and it was two very good teams going at it there.”

Maher continued: “If you go in 1-0, it’s a big boost. But even though we had a little setback we didn’t let it affect us.

“We got back into playing our football again. It was a bit of a bobbly pitch and in the low sun it’s difficult to play sometimes, but credit to the players I thought they done ever so well today and, on another day, we might have gone on and won it.”

The Blues chief insisted Southend are no longer a soft touch, adding: “Solihull probably knew they were coming in for a tough game coming here today, and with the crowd behind us I know what it’s like here, and I think teams will know that.

“With a bit of momentum that we’ve got going there is a bit of target, because we are a big club in this league. But we’re a good team on the pitch as well and I think we’re starting to show that.

“There’s going to be ups and downs, but I’m delighted. Hopefully, teams know that we’re to be taken seriously now, and in this league, we should be.”

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