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Cresswell: I have nothing to prove

11 October 2012

Defender Ryan Cresswell insists he has nothing to prove to former club Rotherham United on Saturday.

The Blues centre-back moved to Roots Hall from the Millers in the close season after being released by Steve Evans.

But despite that Cresswell insists he is only looking to impress his current manager.

“The only person I have anything to prove to is the gaffer here at Southend United,” Cresswell told the official website.

“I need to prove to him that I am worthy of the shirt and can play every game.

“Everyone at Rotherham United knows what I can do as they have seen plenty of me before.

“I had some good times at Rotherham along with a couple of bad injuries that made things stop and start for me.

“Their foundations are all in place now though with the new stadium and they are hoping to move onto bigger and better things like ourselves.”

Cresswell, 24, a Millers supporter spent five years with the club.

He made 47 appearances, scoring 9 goals, before joining Paul Sturrock’s Southend United this summer.

And he admitted it a trip back to his hometown has been eagerly anticipated.

“It was the first game I looked for on the fixture list at the start of the season so I am looking forward to going back,” he said.

“I was born and bred in Rotherham. My family still live there as do my friends. 

“I grew up watching them at Millmoor, the old stadium, going to games with my uncle and cousin.

“They used to take me every week from a young age and then I went with my mates but although I have an association, on Saturday they are the enemy and I want to take three points off them.”

As Blues bid to record their first league win in four matches Cresswell knows a cleansheet will play a big part.

Blues kept only their second one of the season in Tuesday’s midweek Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win against Dagenham.

And that is an area of Southend’s game that manager Paul Sturrock has been trying to address.

“It’s disappointing that we have only had two cleansheets,” said the ex-Bury defender. 

“If you look at some of the goals we have let in then they have been pretty poor which we need to tighten up on.

“The gaffer has instilled in us during the last few weeks that cleansheets are vital and it should be a part of our game.”

Along with a shutout Cresswell also added another goal to his tally in 2-0 win.

His first half header took his tally to four for the season and he admits he is unlikely to celebrate should he make that five this weekend.

“All my family and friends will be in the stands giving me a cheer I just hope the Rotherham fans follow suit and give me a nice welcome,” he said.

“I have a lot of respect for certain people at Rotherham so I’d like to think I wouldn’t celebrate if I did score but you never know what emotions take over when you score a goal.”

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