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Barnard: Out to down former teammate

20 March 2014

Lee Barnard aims to get his first goal since returning against former teammate Steve Mildenhall

Lee Barnard is hoping to down former teammate Steve Mildenhall on Friday night, with his first Southend United goal since returning.

The striker could well be back in from the start, with fellow forward Barry Corr out suspended for three games.

And he’ll be up against Mildenhall, who he played with for over a year at Blues earlier in their careers, looking to find the back of the net and help Blues get back to winning ways.

He said: “I know Mildy very well and we had a good year and a half together here at Roots Hall.

“He’s a very good goalkeeper and a really nice lad, I’m sure we’ll have a quick catch up.

“But once that whistle goals, it won’t be all smiles, and hopefully I can stick one past him for my first goal since coming back.

“It has been a bit frustrating and a bit stop-start for me so far but hopefully I can turn things around in the final nine games.

“Barry Corr is a big loss and we’re all disappointed to be missing him for the next three games.

“He’s been superb for us, but it maybe will give Freddy and I a chance to go out there and impress, either together or one of us.”

After dropping out of the play-offs because of Plymouth Argyle’s win on Tuesday evening, Barnard says Blues’ squad are hurting.

The striker has backed the team to rally around and end this run, to make sure they regain their play-off spot.

He said: “We’ve been in the play-offs for a long time so it’s always frustrating to drop out of those positions.

“It hasn’t been going well for us in recent weeks, but the league has certainly been kind to us and kept us in there until now.

“We are all hurting because we’ve dropped out, and we’re desperate to get back in there as soon as possible.

“We’ve got nine games left of the season and there’s still time to build up momentum if we can get that first win under our belts.” 

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