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Life President
Oct 27, 2003
Well, 2-2 and another superb and spirited performance against a very good looking side in Walsall.

Gower did excellently in place of Cole and Petts was Petts in for the injured Bentley.

But surely the story is of the Goat and the fairytale start to his Southend career (or year!). Wasnt it inevitable that he would net on his debut and in the last minute to boot.

It was f%&king awesome and credit to the Southend fans again that made the atmosphere brilliant at a library-like Bescot Stadium. Would hate to see that stadium when the team are struggling!!?

Things of note...

Goater never stops smiling ->
and so obviously seems happy here. Did look a little rusty when he came on, but that is to be expected. Took his goal superbly though and proves the point that if you feed him, he does ACTUALLY score! Cannot wait for Cole, Gower and Gutts to get some quality to him.

Jay Smith was superb when he came on. Looks to be better than I certainly remember and is like having a quality new signing. He went in for 2-3 hard tackles and also got clumped badly but seemed unaffected. His passing and movement was excellent and he always wanted the ball. This for me was a highlight of the day.

Wayne Gray was immense again and I am so proud of his reaction to Goaters signing. Keep it up Wayne!

Freddy is beggining to get fans on his back and if Gray/Goater continue in good form, I can see a bigger fan turn. I know some of you thought I was having a pop at him in the week (i wasnt) but if we do it at the games then we will a) make his confidence worse and probably b) drive him out. STOP IT! SUPPORT THE BOYS...

Wilson was getting absolutely ridicolous stick from some sections of the crowd. If you were one of the people telling him to get wide and cover the 14 (Mark Wright) then you should be ashamed. The ball was on the opposite side of the pitch and Wright was out by the touchline! Please explain what on earth you were thinking because loads of people were quite rightly laughing at you. These were not kids, but blokes aged 30-50 ... absolutely crackers...

Lewis Hunt spent all of the HT break talking to somebody in the Walsall end instead of warming up. If we needed him in the first few mins of the second half and he pulled a muscle then he should be severly dealt with. Very unprofessional...

Anyway, GREAT spirit from the players and 4 points from 3 games is probably better than any of us hoped for. Long may it continue!!!


Flavs 8 - Dealt with everything very bravely and pulled off an amazing match saving save at the end to keep the 2-2.
Jupp 7 - Didnt get forward too much, but defended very well.
Barret 7 - Solid against two very good forwards.
Edwards 6 - Very good in the air, though exposed at times for pace and movement.
Wilson 6 - Was against a very tricky winger today and did about all he could. Wasnt beaten outside too often
Petts 6 - Typical Petts, run around and offered nothing going forward.
Maher 7 - Had a terrible spell in the 2nd half where nothing came off, but a great ball in for Goaters goal.
Gutts 6 - Got a little lost in the hurley-burley and I reckon he is more suited to a wide role coming inside.
Gower 7 - Good performace from Mark who worked very hard to track back when possible and created some good chances up top.
Eastwood 5 - Oh dear. Trying too hard to score and getting more selfish with it rather than doing a team job. Boo boys lay off though!
Gray 9 - Another great performance and goal. Strong front running and was the base of all of our attacking play.


Smith 8 - Immense little cameo appearance. Very busy, demanding the ball and tackling hard.

Goater 7 - Took his goal very well though looked understandably rusty. Signs are good though!!