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Phillips will draw on Cheltenham loss

13 September 2012

Southend United defender Mark Phillips will use last season’s disappointment at Whaddon Road to spur himself on against Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

Blues suffered a 3-0 reverse against the Robins in December 2011.

And that result will be in the back of the 30-year-olds memory this weekend.

“Cheltenham did us on their patch last season quite convincingly,” Phillips told the official website.

“That will be in the back of the players who were here last seasons minds. 

“They made the play-offs and are a top team but we are looking forward to the challenge.”

Phillips teammates will be buoyed by three good results in the past seven days.

United recorded two wins in League Two either side of a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy victory against AFC Wimbledon, capping off a successful week in South Essex.

“Even though we lost the first game I think it has been a good start all along,” he said.

“I knew our luck would turn at some point, as I knew we weren’t far off.

“We spoke about doing our jobs properly and grinding out results and as you can see we won three in the last week.”

Key to that success has been the ex-Brentford defenders partnership with new arrival Ryan Cresswell.

The duo has formed a solid relationship in the heart of the Blues defence whilst Cresswell has also taken over Phillips mantle of goalscorer at the other end.

“Like any new players it takes time to get use to each other but I think all of the new players have really done well and fitted in like they have been here all along,” the South Londoner said.

“If I get some goals then that is nice but my job is to defend so I will keep on doing that.”

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