Defender anticipating tough game against his former club
Luke Prosser is hoping Vale Park can once again prove to be a happy hunting ground for him.
The defender, who spent five years at Port Vale earlier in his career, scored against his former club two seasons ago for Blues in a 1-1 draw.
And Luke is hoping he can get his first goal of the season when Blues make the trip to Vale Park on Saturday looking to get back to winning ways in League 2.
Prosser said: “I do still look out for Port Vale’s results because they gave me a start in football and I really appreciate that.
“I didn’t get in at Tottenham and was offered a YTS at Port Vale. I moved away from home and that’s where it really began.
“I enjoyed my time there and have some very good memories but that’s in the past now.
“My only focus is Southend United now and making sure that we get back to winning ways against Port Vale.
“I don’t score many goals but I did get one against them when we drew 1-1 there a couple of seasons back.
“We seem to have quite a good record against them at Vale Park so hopefully that can continue. We need to get a win and get a run started, there’s no better place to start than at the team sitting second in the league.”
Luke is hoping Blues can take advantage of the fact Vale themselves are on a difficult run at present.
He added: “They aren’t on a very good run themselves at the moment and seem to be struggling a little bit.
“We’ve not been playing at our best but if we can reach a good standard on Saturday we can definitely pick up three points.
“We look forward to playing the big teams, they are a big club and it’s going to be a good game.
“I always look forward to facing the best players, and Tom Pope is one of them – he’s a very good striker so will be difficult to deal with.
“Hopefully me and Ryan can do our job defensively and we can pick up a big three points to kick-start a run of wins.”