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We must bounce back: Hughes

Ipswich defeat hurt but defender says Reds will learn from it as they prepare for Southend

16 January 2020

Mark Hughes says after a poor performance Stanley usually bounce back and he is hoping it’s the same on Saturday.

The Reds lost to Ipswich last weekend in what the defender called a ‘pretty inept performance all over the park.’

However, with no midweek game, attention quickly turned to Saturday where the Reds take on relegation-threatened Southend looking to get back to winning ways.

Stanley have been strong at home recently, Rochdale on New Year’s Day aside, and Hughes knows it’s important to remember the good performances.

“We will be big favourites for this game but we know they have some good players in their team,” said the 33-year-old. “I know a few of their players such as striker Tom Hopper and we know manager Sol Campbell has turned them around recently and they have turned losses into draws.

“They are not coming here to roll over.

“We are all still hurting from the Ipswich defeat, it was nowhere near good enough. You know you are going to lose games during the season but there are ways to lose games and Saturday was not a way to get beat.

“Hopefully we can learn from it and that’s a positive to take from it if we do. Hopefully we can put it right on Saturday.

“Look at Portsmouth, they came here and lost 4-1 and they haven’t lost since and usually, when we have a bad performance here, we do get a reaction in the next game and hopefully that comes on Saturday.

“The management and staff won’t accept performances like that and generally our next performance is the complete opposite.”

Hughes is one of the more experienced players in Stanley’s ranks and admitted: “As an experienced player, performances like that hurt a lot and we all love excuses but we have none this week.

“Our performances at home recently, except Rochdale, have been generally good and we have to remember that and not dwell too much on performances like Ipswich.”

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