Southend United skipper John White: Make Scunthorpe fight-back a turning point

John White - on target for Southend United

John White - on target for Southend United

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SOUTHEND United skipper John White wants his side’s second half fight-back at Scunthorpe to be a turning point in their season.

Blues fought back from 2-0 down at Glaford Park to claim a share of the spoils following a spirited second half display.

And White, who bagged the Shrimpers’ equaliser with his first ever career goal, is now urging his team-mates to build on their fine display against the Iron when they host Bury at Roots Hall this weekend.

“We were superb in the second half and we need to play like that on a consistent basis now,” said the defender.

“We know we have the quality to play like that and I think that sort of performance has been in us despite the results not going our way.

“It felt like a win to be honest and we need to build on this momentum now and hopefully we can look back on it as a turning point in our season.”

Blues remain seventh in the League Two table, despite not having won in 11 games.

But they would have fallen down the standings had White not worked his way on to the score-sheet.

The right-back had gone 11 years and 301 games without scoring.

And he was therefore thrilled to hit the back of the net against the Iron.

“It’s been a long time coming but it’s great that I’ve finally got a goal, especially as I was close to our fans when it went in,” said White.

“I honestly saw the goalkeeper off his line slightly so I thought I’d chip him.

“Luckily the ball has gone in off the post and there was only one team who were going to go on and win in from then on and that was us.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t get the third goal but this result has given us all of a lift after the last few weeks and now we need to build on this, starting with the game against Bury on Saturday.”


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