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Match Preview: Captain has belief in team-mates ahead of Mansfield Town clash

30 October 2014

Southend United skipper John White insists there is still belief in the squad as Blues look to get back on the winning trail when they travel to Mansfield Town on Saturday.

Blues haven’t won in their last five league games, but White feels the squad are capable of turning things around.

“There’s always going to be ups and downs in a season and we knew there would be spells where we wouldn’t get that bit of luck we need,” the defender said.

“It doesn’t really matter who’s up next. It’s all about us, regardless of the opponents. We’re not getting battered every week and there are positives to take from performances. It’s not a crisis.”

And White wants the experienced players in the side – including himself – to help the younger members of the first team squad to get the three points when Phil Brown’s side head north on Saturday.

“I don’t think we’ve changed too much on the pitch. You can’t look back on decisions and blame referees. We need to be positive going into games.

“It’s a young squad and we do have some experienced players. We’ll need to lead by example to help them through and become stronger players.

“It’s not just come down to one area of the field. It’s everyone in this together.”

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