Dave Penney looks forward to coming up against Newport County at Roots Hall on Friday night
Dave Penney says Southend United have come a long way since defeat to Newport County back in October.
Blues face Newport again on Friday night at Roots Hall, looking to extend their unbeaten league run to eight games.
Following a poor performance at Rodney Parade against the Exiles in October, Blues went on a five game winning run, and have lost just once in the league since that defeat.
And Blues’ assistant boss is confident that run can continue at home to Justin Edinburgh’s side on Friday night.
He said: “We were without Mark Phillips and John White for that came, two of our more experienced defenders, and we had Ryan Auger making his debut.
“We didn’t perform as we know we can and Newport took full advantage on the day, but we’ve come a long way since then and really developed as a club.
“Since then we’ve lost just two games in all competitions, and one of those was against Premier League opposition, I think we’ve got stronger as a team.
“We play before everyone else in the league because we are on the Friday, and we all know points on the board is the most important thing, so hopefully we can win the game.”
Penney says the importance of the game is shown by the fact Blues can move 11 points clear of Newport in the table, but admits every game is now a big game.
He said: “Newport will come here wanting to win the game and close the gap on us because if we win it could be 11 points.
“They’ve got two games in hand but as I’ve said, the points on the board is the most important thing.
“It should be another good game under the floodlights at Roots Hall, and our home form has improved dramatically.
“We’re picking up draws on the road so wins at home is very important between now and the end of the season.
“For every club, each game is extremely important, because we are all starting to fight for different causes.”