Date: 24th December 2013 at 5:33pm
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Manager Keith Hill has declared himself pleased with the point we picked up at Southend last weekend.

By rights, having taken the early lead we should’ve doubled our advantage in the first half and put the game beyond them, but Hill told the press quite fairly that sometimes it’s a case of credit where it’s due, and although Southend’s equaliser he felt was against the run of play at the time, they did put us under some good pressure in the match, so he feels a draw was the right result in the end and on the balance of things.

‘If we had got the second goal then it would have been difficult for Southend to come back and maybe we should have had a penalty when their defender looked as though he may have handled the ball on the line, but I’m not going to complain.’

Hill says he won’t make too much out of that particular moment because he appreciates it would’ve certainly been a difficult decision to make and he agrees that referees shouldn’t give penalties unless they are 100% sure, and even he can only describe it as a ‘maybe’ moment without the aide of replays and slow mo’s so he can’t criticise the referee there.

It was a reasonable way to wind out the last game before Christmas day and Hill gave his thoughts to the Official Site in terms of how our campaign had gone so far, and of course the progress he feels he’s made since he returned to the club.

‘If you look at the 39 league games played since I’ve been back, then I think there has been an enormous amount of progress made and I feel as though we’ve made massive strides. I’m pleased with the foundations that we have built, yes we need to tweak, improve – but that doesn’t happen overnight. Are we where I think we should be? I think we’re right on point.’

As for our current form at this moment in time, Hill goes on to say that he feels it’s a bit of an ‘educational blip’ for the team, and he’s confident that they will come through this spell better players for it, but even given that ‘blip’ he doesn’t feel anybody should be disappointed with our progress so far this season, because he feels we are heading into the New Year well prepared both financially as a club but also in terms of the squad and he feels we can really push on in the second half of the campaign.