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Corr keen to impress the new boss

27 March 2013

Striker hoping he can do enough in training to merit a start

Blues striker Barry Corr is hoping he can do enough in training this week to merit a new start under new boss Phil Brown when Blues take on Bradford on Friday.

Having worked closely with Paul Sturrock throughout his career, Corr was disappointed to see him leave on Sunday. But the striker now says all the players must show the new boss Brown what they’re capable of.

He said: “I've worked closely with Paul for a lot of my career so it was sad to see him go, but things like that do happen in football.

"I think every time a new manager comes in, it gives everyone a lift around the place and a reaction. We all have to prove ourselves to the new manager now and we all want to play. 

“That’s probably why the tempo of the training has gone up a little bit. We all want to show the new manager that we want to be in the team and that we’re capable.

“Training has given everyone a lift and we’re all trying to impress the manager. You always have that feeling of whether the new manager will like you or whether I’m his sort of player. Training’s been very good but we’ve got to do it again and again, carrying it into the games, that is the most important thing.

“We’ve got two of the more difficult ones on the way in Bradford away and Fleetwood at home. We’ve got an outside chance of the play-offs, but we all still believe and we’re going to go out there and do our best to win both games.

“If we win the next two games then things will be different. We’ll be going into the last few games with momentum and we’ll be looking up. We’re certainly not out of it yet.”

With the Wembley final approaching, Corr is overwhelmed with the fantastic backing Blues will get at the home of English football

“As players, we keep getting updates from the club about how many tickets we’ve sold and we’re all getting excited for it. 28,000 is fantastic, but I’m pretty sure that on the day we’ll get more than that, maybe 30,000.,” he added.

“We really appreciate it and hopefully we’ll put in a good performance to send the fans back to Southend in a happy mood.

“At the moment though, our only focus is on the next two league matches. We’ll think about Wembley when we’ve finished these next two games.”

With two games in the space of four days, and the players likely to be in over the weekend to recuperate and then prepare for Fleetwood, Corr admits footballers don’t really get an Easter – but he won’t be complaining if he can find the back of the net.

He added: “Easter is similar to Christmas in the fact that you effectively don’t have one! You’ve just got to get on with it though, we’re professionals and we work hard. Easter doesn’t really matter to me; I’ll just get the kids an Easter egg and let them get on with it! 

“We’ve got to win games and we’ll all have a good Easter if we win the next two matches. I’d certainly prefer goals rather than Easter eggs!”

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