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Kiernan: Excitement ahead of FA Cup

5 December 2013

On loan defender can't wait for second round tie against Chesterfield FC on Saturday

Southend United defender Rob Kiernan says seeing his parent club Wigan Athletic win the FA Cup last season has given him real excitement ahead of the second round tie at Chesterfield on Saturday.

Kiernan has been a key member of Blues’ squad since he arrived on loan from the Championship club and hopes a cup run here at Roots Hall can create the same buzz it did at Wigan last season.

The defender wasn’t involved for Wigan during their good run, but says their run to the final filled the whole dressing room with confidence.

He said: “Wigan won the competition last year and there was a real buzz around the place. Even though I wasn’t involved I could see the impact it had.

“That would be great if we could do it here this season. It helps to build momentum, is a good way of generating money for the club, and as players you always enjoy a cup run.

“I’m really enjoying my football here at the moment and it would be great if I could help get us into the third round – though I would hope we weren’t drawn against my parent club if we did get through!”

Kiernan though is expecting a tough test against Chesterfield, and having worked with the Spireites boss Paul Cook earlier in his career, he knows that the opposition will be tough to beat.

He added: “I worked with the manager during a loan spell earlier in my career and he likes to make sure his sides are very well organised.

“He was a good manager to work for and really gets the best out of the players he is working with. It’ll be a tough game.

“I know the lads went there earlier in the season and lost, but we’ve not spoken about that too much at this stage, we’re just focused on our own game.”

Kiernan is confident Blues can progress, and says the run they’ve been on has filled the players with belief they can beat anyone.

He added: “We’re on a really good run at the moment and that’s down to the hard work of everyone.

“Defensively it is very pleasing to have only conceded three goals in the six games in November, but we’re all playing with confidence.

“We go into every game at the moment with the belief we can win with a good performance. We’ll need to perform well on Saturday but I’m sure we have enough to progress and put our name in the hat for the next round.”

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