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Match Preview: Dave Penney says Blues won't be taking Tranmere Rovers lightly

20 November 2014

Assistant manager says the game at Prenton Park won't be easy against Micky Adams' side.

Southend United assistant manager Dave Penney admits confidence is back in the camp following two consecutive Sky Bet League victories.

Blues head to Prenton Park on Saturday to take on relegation battlers Tranmere Rovers but Penney insists the game against the Merseysiders won’t be an easy one.

“Winning against Hartlepool United obviously helped with the confidence in the camp,” Dave said.

“Tranmere are a big club. Nobody has a divine right to be top of the league and there’s a long way to go. They’ve recently – like Hartlepool – changed their manager and Micky Adams knows the league well.”

Blues are in positive spirits after wins at Mansfield Town and Hartlepool United in the league and Phil Brown’s men also have a boost with the news of a few players returning to action.

“We’ll have Myles Weston, Jakub Sokolik and Jerome Williams back in contention and they’re three big players for us. Myles is back in cold England and he’s back in training today. He played twice for Antigua during his time out there.

“We’ve been unfortunate with both Michael Timlin and Ben Coker with their elbows. The brace is still on and he’s joining in with training again, which is a big positive. We have to make sure that Ben Clarkson gives us the green light for Cokes to get back.”

And Penney feels a behind closed doors game against Tottenham Hotspur was hugely beneficial for the Club.

“We played Spurs in a behind closed doors game and it was to prove a really good exercise for us at some great facilities.

“We’re ready for Tranmere. There’ll be a similar emphasis to the Hartlepool game but they are a good side and there’s still a long way to go this season.”


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