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Hurst happy to assist

22 November 2012

Midfielder Kevan Hurst is happy to keep assisting Southend United’s charge up the League Two table.

The Blues winger has 11 assists to his name already this season.

Four of those came in Southend’s 4-0 victory at AFC Wimbledon midweek and the wideman hopes he can continue to contribute to United’s recent success.

“Judging by my finish on Tuesday night I don’t think I am going to score four goals anytime soon,” Hurst joked.

“It is really pleasing though that I have set-up four and I am just concentrating on the next game and to improve on that.

“I am happy that the team is winning and that is the main focus.

“Assists for me are my bread and butter and I really want to chip in with more goals as well.

“I probably should have a few more but as long as the team are winning I am happy.”

Hurst, who has just one strike to his name this season, had a golden opportunity to add to that against the Dons.

However, he bizarrely opted to shoot from distance after breaking clean through and remained upset about that decision after the final whistle at the Kingsmeadow stadium.

“After the game I was pretty quiet for 10 minutes as I couldn’t stop thinking about the miss,” he said. 

“Some of the fans reminded me on twitter also, but they were quality again on Tuesday.”

Despite that Hurst should be happy, as two wins and eight goals in Southend’s last two matches has seen Paul Sturrock’s side move within three points of the automatic promotion spots.

Saturday will see play-off placed Rochdale visit Roots Hall with John Coleman’s side eyeing an instant return to League One following relegation last term.

And with Southend searching for their first league win at Roots Hall since the 22nd September Hurst knows that is a statistic that has to change soon.

“It is a big game on Saturday now,” he said. “We have done well in our last two away games but our home form hasn’t been so good.

“It is strange but you have to take the positive in that we have kept clean sheets at home.

“We have a settled side now though so we can look to put that right.

“The boys are looking to put that right but Rochdale are in pretty good form as well so it won’t be easy.”

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