Reaction to Southend win

Last updated : 25 January 2003 By Luke Thornhill

"Southend arrived in confident mood while I'd been worried all week and had a sleepless night deciding on my formation," said Laws, who opted for a 4-3-3 formation before reverting to 4-4-2 with the injury to Wayne Graves seeing him replaced by young forward Paul Hayes.

"But the players went out believing in themselves. We looked dangerous in both set and open play and after Southend equalised it gave us a kick up the backside and Martin Carruthers might have had a hat-trick.

Paul Hayes, who scored his first goal for the club after replacing Graves said: "It means the world to me and hopefully I can carry on and get some more."

Southend boss Rob Newman was naturally downhearted saying: " We gifted them the goals and our positional sense was dreadful."