Milton Keynes Dons 0-1 Southend United – Reaction
GARY WADDOCK expressed his delight, and without doubt, a fair bit of relief after overseeing Southend United’s long-awaited first Sky Bet League One victory of the season.
Charlie Kelman reacted swiftly to steer home from close range, handing Southend an early advantage over Milton Keynes Dons. And after a resolute defensive performance, Blues picked up their first three points and a clean sheet of what has so far been a difficult start to the campaign.
“I’m delighted for the players, the staff, the supporters and the chairman as well,” Waddock enthused to www.southendunited.co.uk.
“It’s been challenging over the last few weeks and to come here against a very good side and get a clean sheet and an away win is very good.
“I’ve just said that to the players. There’s no point turning up here and putting in a performance like that, winning the game and then not rocking up for the next few games.”
Waddock has led Southend to four points during his three-game reign in the hot seat. However, he was quick to hand the credit to the players.
“We have to be consistent with what we’re doing, consistent with our work to achieve the goals that we want, and that’s winning football matches.
“All credit to the players, enjoy the moment and then we’ll be back in on Monday to prepare for Saturday.”
Former Celtic, Barcelona and Manchester United favourite, Henrik Larrson, was in the stands at StadiumMK – The Swede believed to be amongst the frontrunners for the vacant managerial position at Roots Hall. Nevertheless, Waddock insisted it’s business as usual until a decision is made by the Blues hierarchy.
“It’s out of my hands and in the chairman’s hands,” the one-time Queen’s Park Rangers midfielder explained.
“As I said from day one, he will make the decision that he feels is right for the football club.
“I’ll respect that, whatever decision it is, and just do my work accordingly.”
Southend United returns to Sky Bet League One action on Saturday, September 28 when Accrington Stanley are the visitors to Roots Hall Stadium (3pm).
Milton Keynes Dons: Nicholls, Lewington (C) (Dickenson 65′), Walsh, Poole, Martin, McGrandles, Houghton (Agard 46′), Brittain, Boateng (Gilbey 78′), Nombe, Kasumu Subs not used: Moore, Williams, Bowery, Harley.
Southend United: Oxley, Bwomono, Ralph, Milligan (C), Cox, McLaughlin (Hutchinson 46′), Goodship (White 69′), Kiernan, Hamilton (Hyam 65′), Kelman, Lennon Subs not used: Bishop, Ndukwu, Shaughnessy, Blackman, White.
Referee: Antony Coggins
Assistants: Marvyn Amphlett and Lisa Rashid
Fourth Official: Mike Desborough
Attendance: 7,496 (623 from Milton Keynes)