Southend United v King’s Lynn Town – Vanarama National League – Roots Hall Stadium – Reaction
Southend United 2-1 King’s Lynn Town
It was just like old times.
More than 6,000 fans rocked up for a Friday night under the Roots Hall lights and they witnessed Kevin Maher’s emerging Southend United side snatch a dramatic victory thanks to Sam Dalby’s controversial stoppage-time spot-kick.
Blues thoroughly deserved their victory. Recovering from Harry Phipps’ first-half opener for King’s Lynn Town, to snatch the points thanks to Matthew Dennis’s fourth goal of the season ahead of Dalby’s late antics.
The victory – Southend’s third on the bounce – lifted them ten points clear of the dropzone. Nevertheless, boss Maher was keeping his feet firmly on the ground.
“I’m not going to get carried away,” he explained.
“The fans should enjoy it and go home happy and enjoy their night, but we’ll be back to work in the morning and get ready for Aldershot.
“We know it’s a tough game, it’s a tough few weeks ahead because we’ve got a lot of games coming up and we’re probably going to need everyone involved as well.
“The ones that aren’t playing tonight will train tomorrow and train properly and we’re ready to go.”
Maher continued: “It’s a big club and we’ve got to believe it. When I first come, I said I believe in the club and I believe there’ll be nights like this. Last-minute winners are brilliant, and Friday night under the lights has always been a good occasion.
“I believe in the club, I believe in everyone that’s working hard behind the scenes and I think the club is moving in the right direction in a lot of areas.
“Everyone’s pulling the same direction now and when you do that, big things can happen. Delighted to get the win, we’ll recover tomorrow and go again for Tuesday.”