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Match Preview: Dave Penney isn't taking Hartlepool United lightly

13 November 2014

Penney wants to see things put right against Pools on Saturday

Assistant manager Dave Penney wants Blues to give a big improvement from the FA Cup defeat to Chester last week when Hartlepool United visit Roots Hall on Saturday.

Penney feels it’s important to get the Chester result out of Southend’s system following a good week’s training for Blues.

“It’s not difficult to try and put things right. We’ve been trying to do that this week on the training pitch. There are no duck eggs in football anymore. There are players in the lower leagues who have players in there who could play higher.

“We look at Chester and they had someone who I know well, Gareth Roberts playing for them, who was a full Welsh international footballer.”

But Penney feels there isn’t more pressure on Blues to perform at Roots Hall than there is when Phil Brown’s men go on the road for matches.

“I don’t think there is too much pressure. We had a good September but we’ve had a bit of a disappointing run recently. We should have been four or five goals up against Mansfield.

“We have to get back to what we’re good at. The players are good enough and we want to put it all together on Saturday against Hartlepool.
“Football changes daily and pressure is put onto people by themselves.”

And Penney insists Pools – under new management following the appointment of Paul Murray – shouldn’t be taken lightly when they visit Essex.

“Hartlepool are a good side. They may be bottom of the table but if they’re up for it and give everything it could be a tough game. They have a change of manager which means a change of emphasis as well. They’ll be looking to get something from the game, no mistake about it.”

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