Manager Paul Sturrock is mindful of Aldershot Town’s poor run of form ahead of Tuesday’s match.
The Shots have lost their last seven matches in a row in all competitions.
But the experienced Scot is aware that run will come to an end eventually, hopefully not against Southend though.
“It’s a very difficult game,” said Sturrock. “They are on a bad run but we have to get back on the rails ourselves after Saturday.
“We are going to have to be very thoughtful in our approach to the match and take 90 minutes if needed to win the game.
“Their bad run has to end sometime so we need the fans to back us through the game as it would be nice to take three points after last season.”
Meanwhile, Sturrock confirmed that midfielder Michael Timlin is a doubt for the clash.
Timlin was subbed just after half time of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Morecambe with an ankle injury.
And the former Fulham trainee will face a fitness test prior to Tuesday’s match.
“Timms is doubtful but he will have a fitness test along with one or two others who are suffering tightness,” he said.
“It’s a worry but we will go with what we have and John Spicer and Alex Woodyard are in contention.”
Sturrock also confirmed Luke Prosser was unavailable with a glute problem whilst he hopes to complete a loan deal this week for an experienced central midfielder.
“He will report for training on Thursday so we can assess his fitness,” Sturrock confirmed.
“The deal has been agreed but won’t be completed until we are happy he is over his injury.”