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Michael Timlin: We've got to use break to our advantage

30 November 2014

Midfielder wants his team-mates to use break wisely as Blues head into an important stage of the season.

Southend United midfielder Michael Timlin insists Blues have to be 'on it' when they return from a break from action against Wycombe Wanderers in mid-December.

Blues made it four consecutive victories in Sky Bet League Two with a win over Northampton Town at Roots Hall and Timlin wants his team-mates to recharge the batteries heading into the Christmas period.

“Sometimes you need a bit of a rest and after the break, we need to make sure we're on it and keep the run going,” the 29-year-old said.

“The last two years, we've had good runs and then poor runs – and they're difficult to get out of.

“Northampton have been down towards the bottom of the table for a while, but they are still a very good team. No matter where you are in the league, you're still a team that can get a run going.”

On the game, Tims believed that the hard work finally paid off, against a Cobblers side that were tough to break down.

“It wasn't pretty and we didn't play as well as we should have done,” he said.

“It's an unbeaten November and that's a great improvement on the disappointing October we had. All the boys worked hard and it's fantastic that we had a great month.

“We need the fans to stick with us, and hopefully we will be where we want to be, with the help from their support.

“I thought Wozza, Payney, Westy and Baz were all fantastic today and at the other end, we're keeping clean sheets.”

And Timlin praised his fellow central midfielder John-Joe O'Toole, who made his Southend United debut against his parent club.

“John-Joe came in and was part of the win. It was disappointing for Lenny to be injured and John-Joe had a great year last year. It's surprising that he hasn't played as much this term for Northampton. He's a very good player.”

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