Southend United's Neil Harris: 1-0 to the Blues is a welcome score-line

Neil Harris - pleased to see Southend United back on track

Neil Harris - pleased to see Southend United back on track

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WE’VE been able to ground out three 1-0 wins in a row now by digging in and having a goalkeeper in very good form.

The latest victory came at Leyton Orient in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday night and it was an awesome achievement to go there and get a win.

However, it’s important to remember that we still have another leg to play in the tie and Orient have done well away from home this season so it will be another difficult game against them.

It’s obviously good to be going in to the second leg with a narrow advantage and goals seem to be like London buses for Ryan Leonard right now.

He went 17 months without scoring and has now got two in two games which has been brilliant to see because he’s a great lad.

Lenny’s had a frustrating season after picking up a few injuries.

But we’re all chuffed to see him doing well again now and it just goes to show the importance of having a strong squad.

He also hit the back of the net against Oxford in our previous game, but Paul Smith also deserves credit for how he played.

I would think he’s probably enjoying the best run of form in his career at the moment.

However, we can’t keep on digging out 1-0 wins and will need to start improving our performances.

The first chance to do that will be at Accrington Stanley this weekend and that will definitely be another very hard game.

It’s always a real battle against them and they beat us on the opening day of the league season so hopefully we can get one over them on Saturday.

DEVASTATED FOR MICHAEL

WE’RE all devastated that Michael Timlin broke his leg during the win at Leyton Orient and will miss the rest of the season.

Tims will be a massive loss for us because, although he may not be a cultured type of midfielder, the energy, enthusiasm and leadership he brings to the team and the dressing room is huge.

But now it’s time for other players in the squad to step up during his absence.

CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW DAD MARC

I’D like to congratulate Marc Laird on becoming a father for the first time this week.

He’s now the proud father of a little boy called Harrison and both mother and baby are doing well which is great news.

Rumour has it Marc is particularly pleased because he now has someone in his family on who is on the same wavelength as him.

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