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League Two

Coughlan proud of Shrimpers

10 March 2013

Southend assistant Graham Coughlan refused to take any credit for his side's important victory against Port Vale which breathed new life into their play-off challenge.

The Shrimpers gave their manager Paul Sturrock, at home because of an infection in his leg, a tonic with a well-deserved 2-1 win to inflict a third defeat in four games on faltering Vale.

Coughlan said: "It's all down to the players and I'm very proud of them. All I did was stand there. They are a great set of lads who work their socks off every day and I can't praise them highly enough.

"It's a massive win and now we've got to go on from here. We've got to believe we are one of the best sides in this division and put a run together until the end of the season.

"It was a very pleasing result and performance. In the first-half the system worked really well. We stopped Vale getting any joy down the flanks and when we were in possession we caused them a lot of problems."

Vale boss Micky Adams said: "It was very disappointing again and I'm fed up of saying the same things. We went two goals down and never recovered.

"We keep giving our opponents a lift at the moment. I have no complaints about the penalty and the second goal was also avoidable. We should have put the ball into the stand instead of trying to play.

"We had a go in the second-half. We had to go more direct and fight for second balls because we were getting no joy down the wings. It worked to an extent.

"After getting a goal we had chances and could have snatched a point, but it would have been snatched.

"Promotion seems a million miles away at the moment because we are having a bad run at the business end of the season. The first target is to make sure we get enough points to get into the play-offs and then go from there."


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