Southend striker content to keep winning the ugly way

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Southend United striker Theo Robinson has no qualms with his side winning football games the ugly way, as long as they’re winning games.

The former Derby and Watford striker saw his side snatch their third win of the season against a fancied Fleetwood side, but the game wasn’t one for the purists.

Chris Powell’s side went long when they needed to, relying on Robinson’s pace and Tom Hopper guile to craft a win, but only once the ball had landed in the final third.

“It wasn’t pretty at the weekend but getting the three points was all that mattered, especially after the three defeats.”

Simon Cox bagged the only goal of the game to ensure they remained one step ahead of the early relegation candidates.

“We’ve certainly played better in games and lost this season but all we’re concerned about is getting as many points as we can. We have to keep working hard and do all we can to get the win, starting with Wycombe. It’s going to be a hard game there at the weekend but we want to build on the win against Fleetwood.”

Robinson has had 16 spells at 14 different clubs in a nomadic career but has scored nine goals for Southend in 13 starts since his move. The statistic is skewed significantly when you consider he’s come off the bench 39 times.

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Robinson has taken his time to break through at Southend since leaving National League side Lincoln, but he’s looking to establish himself as one of the first team strikers at Roots Hall.

They might not trouble the top six, but if they’re organised and hard to break down, they’ll avoid a relegation battle.

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