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Penney: Every game is a big game now

3 April 2014

Dave Penney on the final six, or hopefully nine, games of the season, and the trip to Cheltenham Town on Saturday

With just six games of the season remaining, plus the hope of three more, to ensure Southend United win promotion to League 1, assistant manager Dave Penney has said every game is a big one for the club.

But rather than looking ahead, Penney says Blues’ full focus is going into the game against Cheltenham Town on Saturday, and Phil Brown’s assistant is expecting another difficult test.

Having drawn with the Robins at Roots Hall earlier in the season, Penney is well aware of the threat they will pose on Saturday afternoon.

He said: “They’re a good side and they’ve got plenty of experience. The likes of Noble, Richards, Harrison and McGlashan are all top players at this level.

“I watched them at AFC Wimbledon a few weeks ago when we had a Friday night game. They were in cruise control at 2-0 up but switched off, went 3-2 down and ended up losing the game 4-3.

“It’s going to be a very tough trip, we know that. It’s a big game, but they all are between now and the end of the season if we’re going to achieve promotion.

“We’ve shown the type of football we can play with the win against Oxford United, and also shown that we’re capable of grinding out wins, just like we did against Torquay United.”

Penney says Cheltenham look to play with a diamond formation in midfield and Blues will have to be aware of the man at the top of that diamond.

“A lad called Daniels has come in and given them a lift playing just in the hole behind the strikers,” he said.

“He’s a threat and so are a number of their other players. They’ve strengthened with a few loanees, just like we have, and they’ve been lifted by them joining the club.

“They like to play the diamond formation and it worked well for them against us at Roots Hall, so we’ll have to be ready for that and adapt if we need to.” 

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