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Hurst: Trip has helped us regain focus

14 February 2014

Midfielder Kevan Hurst on the trip to Portugal, the game against Exeter City, and home form this season

Kevan Hurst says the trip to Portugal for Southend United has helped the side regain their focus ahead of the final few months of the season.

A couple of disappointing results came just before Blues’ trip to the Algarve, but midfielder Hurst says the trip has done the team the world of good.

And they’re determined to show that at Roots Hall on Saturday when Exeter City visit.

Hurst said: “The last couple of results have been disappointing and we haven’t performed as well as we have been doing for much of the season.

“The break really helped us to regain our focus. We got some good time out on the grass, which has been really difficult in recent weeks.

“That was the main benefit of the trip but we sat down and spoke as a group about how things have gone so far and looking at the rest of the season.

“Every stage of the season is crucial and these next four games are no different, but we’re only looking at the very next one and that’s Exeter City.

“We had a good result against them earlier in the season and we’ll need more of the same on Saturday.

“I remember scoring at Exeter from a shot that would’ve hit the corner flag without a deflection, and it’d be nice to get another one this weekend.”

Hurst admits conditions have made it tougher for Blues to play their passing game in recent weeks, but says that cannot be used as an excuse.

He’s confident Blues will be able to adapt if required against Exeter at Roots Hall on Saturday.

“It’s maybe been a bit more difficult for us because of the way we try to play our football,” he added. “But we can’t use it as an excuse.

“As player we’ve got to be able to change to the conditions and that’s something we may have to do again on Saturday.

“If we do have to, I think we’ll be ready. First and foremost we’ll try to play our football, but if we have to mix it up I’m confident we can.

“The home form has been great so far this season. It’s down to a number of things but the mentality is a lot different this year and it’s helped massively.”

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