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Penney: Rise to the big occasion

17 January 2014

Dave Penney on Southend United's game against Chesterfield at Roots Hall this weekend

Having risen to the occasion at home to York City and Portsmouth in the league already this season, Blues’ assistant manager Dave Penney is asking for more of the same when Chesterfield visit on Saturday.

Blues scored late goals against both York, in front of a 9,000 crowd, and Portsmouth on New Year’s Day, and also beat Championship side Millwall in front of a big crowd in the FA Cup.

Penney says the same sort of display as in those games when high-flying Chesterfield visit on Saturday.

He said: “We’ve had some big games in recent weeks and our home form has been good. We’ve not lost here since Dagenham & Redbridge won after we went down to ten men.

“It’s a good sign because home form is extremely important in defining your season and so far this year it’s been good.

“But that will be put to the test on Saturday against a very good Chesterfield side who we’ve faced twice already this season.

“We know what to expect but we can’t take too much from the previous games, we just have to focus on the upcoming one and putting in a good performance.

“The players have risen to the occasion a number of times already this season and I’m sure they’ll do it again on Saturday.”

Penney is well aware of the threat Chesterfield will pose at Roots Hall on Saturday, with main man Gary Roberts back fit.

He said: “They have their big players back now, like Gary Roberts and Sam Morsy, so they will be strong against us. Jimmy Ryan has also just extended his contract.

“The two games we’ve had against them so far have been very good in terms of the quality of football played and I expect this will be no different. 

“This game, and the Dagenham and Newport games are the most important. We’ve not even spoke about Hull City at this stage.

“Getting promoted is the main priority and three points on Saturday will go some way to helping us achieve that.”

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