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Dave Penney: Wycombe test will see how good we are

11 December 2014

Assistant manager wants to see Blues' quality at Adams Park on Saturday in front of large travelling support

Southend United assistant manager Dave Penney says the Sky Bet League Two clash against Wycombe Wanderers will be a good indication to see how good Blues are.

Southend have won their last four league games, whilst the Chairboys sit at the top of the table.

Blues have had a break from action since the game against Northampton Town at the end of November and Penney says Blues will be fresh ahead of the trip to Adams Park.

“It seems a long time waiting for this game to come around,” Penney said.

“We have to make sure we're ready and the break has been used well. We played a game amongst ourselves last week and in a behind closed doors match against Charlton Athletic the other day. We won't be rusty or stale.

“Wycombe are top of the league and in good form, we're in food form too and we're looking forward to the test to see how good we are.

“The chairman has put on a number of free buses for our supporters and there will be a great atmosphere there.”

Penney, who is in his second season at Roots Hall, is surprised at how well Wycombe have done so far in this campaign following a disappointing season in 2013-14.

However, he believes that the game will be more of an open one than the last time Blues played – against Northampton.

“Gareth (Ainsworth) has  turned things around there. They struggled last season but have done tremendously well this season, as it shows when you look at the league table, results and their performances,” Penney said.

“We get a little bit more room to play when we go away. Our home games are tight because teams come to frustrate us. We try and put the same performances on whether it is home or away. We saw against Northampton it was a close game, but it won't be the same at Wycombe.

“We've been keeping it tight at the back recently and I feel the front four can get goals for us.

And Penney said that things are going nicely on the injury front for Southend as well, with only one long-term absentee.

“Tommo is suspended and will miss the game. Ben Coker is coming along nicely, Ryan Leonard has trained all week and the only long-term injury is Mads Ibenfeldt.”

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