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Winger aims to enjoy some Cup success

1 November 2012

Kevan Hurst hopes he can experience some cup magic with Southend United.

Southend United kick-off their FA Cup campaign on Saturday when Stockport County visit Roots Hall.

And having experienced the semi finals as a fan of Chesterfield in 1997, Hurst is hoping to enjoy some cup success of his own with Paul Sturrock’s side.

“I went to the games when Chesterfield had that incredible run,” he told the official website.

“I jumped on board the bandwagon like you do. That was really good and unfortunately they didn’t get to the final because they were cheated out of it.

“In a small town like Chesterfield it was probably the biggest thing that happened to it football wise for a while.

“I’ve not had too much FA cup success from a playing perspective but I did get to the fourth round of the Carling Cup with Chesterfield once.

“We beat West Ham and Man City along the way before losing 4-3 to Charlton on penalties.

“So it would be nice to enjoy some FA Cup success at Southend.”

Blues have been devoid of any fairytale FA Cup stories under boss Paul Sturrock.

They exited at the first hurdle after a replay defeat against Macclesfield Town in the Scots first season before missing out on a third round clash against Liverpool at Anfield in December last year.

But Hurst hopes this season can be different.

“A cup run would be really good for the club and I know the players want that as well,” he said.

“I don’t really know anything about Stockport but will listen to what the manager has to say and take it on board.”

To do that the former Walsall midfielder knows his teammates must improve their home performances.

Blues are searching for their first win at Roots Hall in five weeks and Hurst knows that must be put thatr right if his side are to achieve anything this season. 

“I don’t feel any different playing at home compared to when we are away,” he said. 

“I love playing at Roots Hal. It is something we have to work on though because it will be the difference between getting promotion and not doing so.

“We cant let a few bad results get on top of us otherwise the season will just fizzle out.

“We are five points outside the play-offs so back to back wins and the season turns itself around again. 

“To say we are not near promotion would be silly but we do need to improve our home form if we are going to do it.”

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