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Interview: Kevan Hurst hoping to get off the mark against former club Carlisle United

21 August 2014

Southend United’s Kevan Hurst is hoping to get off the mark this weekend when Blues face one of his former clubs in Carlisle United.

The midfielder spent two years with the Cumbrians between 2009 and 2011 and having done well against his former clubs last season, scoring against Chesterfield and Morecambe, he’s hoping to do the same at Brunton Park on Saturday.

Hurst is yet to find the back of the net or get an assist to his name this term, but believes once he gets one, much like the rest of the team, they will start flowing.

He said: “I’ve done okay so far this season but I know there’s a lot more to come from me on a personal level and I’ll be working as hard as I can to reach that level.

“I got a good amount of goals and assists last season and I’m hoping to repeat and better those figures this season to help the team try and achieve promotion.

“Once I get one, either a goal or an assist, I think I will show a bit more composure and they will start to flow. I think that is the case for the whole team.

“I did quite well against former teams last season and got a few goals against them, so hopefully I can do the same when we visit Carlisle on Saturday.

“At Carlisle I had a good couple of years and enjoyed my football. I was living in Leeds and staying up there a few nights a week so it wasn’t ideal but it was a nice club to be a part of.”

Despite them making a disappointing start to the season, Hurst is expecting a tough test against Graham Kavanagh’s side. However, Blues’ midfielder believes the team may see the benefits of a wide pitch at Brunton Park.

He added: “I know Graham likes to get his team playing football. I’m sure they will turn a corner eventually but hopefully it is not on Saturday.

“You expect them to be up there come the end of the season but for them it’s about building a winning mentality to get them going after relegation.

“I actually spoke to Daniel Bentley about the pitch at Brunton Park on Wednesday and said it should suit the way we try to play because it’s very wide.

“Hopefully we can take advantage and get back to winning ways. We put in a good display against AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday and if we do the same at Carlisle, just making sure we take our chances, we’ll win the game.”

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