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Interview: Clifford raring to go against former club Pompey

11 September 2014

Southend United’s Conor Clifford says he’ll be ready to take on former club Portsmouth at Roots Hall on Saturday.

The midfielder, who has made a very impressive start to the season, picked up a knock towards the end of the game against Oxford United last weekend.

But after a cool-down session and a day to recover, he feels confident that he’ll be in good shape to face Andy Awford’s side on Saturday as Blues look to get back to winning ways.

He said: “Yeah I’m feeling good. At first I thought it would be quite serious because I couldn’t put any weight on it, but thankfully it’s not that bad.

“We had a cool-down session and the manager gave us a day to recover so I’ve had a chance to recharge the batteries and I’m raring to go again.

“The player caught me on the ankle so I’ll have some strapping on that area in training on Thursday but I’ll be fine for Saturday, I can’t wait for the game.

“I had a short spell with Pompey which I enjoyed. They were in League 1 at the time and I’ve got some good memories from that spell. I know all about the level of support they get.”

Clifford admits he loves the big games, and is expecting a terrific atmosphere at Roots Hall on Saturday.

He added: “Pompey are probably the biggest club in the division and a lot of people are expecting them to do very well this season.

“They will bring a big away following and I’m sure the home supporters will turn out in numbers for it, so it should be a great game.

“I love playing in the big games with big crowds watching. We had a few memorable ones last season and it would be great if Saturday had the same excitement.”

The former Chelsea man believes a win is just around the corner for Blues. He added: “We’ve been creating the chances but we’ve just not be able to take them for one reason or another.

“If we can perform like we did in the first-half against Oxford for the whole game against Pompey, then I’m sure we’ll get back to winning ways.”

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