Rob Kiernan, on loan from Wigan, looks ahead to Southend United's game against Rochdale
Rob Kiernan says Blues have shown a number of times already this season just how good they are, and he’s ready to do so again against Rochdale on Friday night.
Kiernan has impressed since joining Blues on loan and has formed an impressive partnership with Luke Prosser in defence.
While the defender was disappointed with the defeat to Torquay United last Saturday, he is confident Blues can bounce back in style on Friday against a promotion rival.
He said: “We’ve come up against a few of the fancied teams recently and we’ve done well. We put in a very good performance at home against Fleetwood in October, and also did really well against Chesterfield.
“We were disappointed after losing to Torquay but we weren’t too down because we’ve been on a good run. We’ve already put that game behind us.
“Every game is important but when you go up against sides pushing for promotion you know you can send out a message to the rest of the league by winning the game.
“I don’t know too much about Rochdale, we’ll spend time looking at how they play today, but they are in form and doing well in the league so we know it is going to be a very tough game.”
Rob’s parent club Wigan had their game at Sheffield Wednesday called off because of bad weather, and Blues’ game at Torquay United was made difficult but heavy wind and rain.
The defender though hopes to see no games called off over the busy Christmas period because he wants to be playing as often as possible while on loan with Blues.
He said: “I saw that Wigan’s game was called off, and Stoke’s game with United also had to be stopped because of the weather – we know we’re coming up to that period of the season where some games will be called off.
“But hopefully we won’t have too many fall foul to the weather because I just want to be playing as many games as possible to keep up my form and keep improving as a player.
“The conditions at Torquay were difficult but we can’t use that as an excuse. In these situations it is about how both teams deal with it and hopefully on Friday night against Rochdale we do that if they aren’t great.
“I’ve really enjoyed the Friday night games under the lights, there is always a really good atmosphere so I’m looking forward to the game.”