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Dave Penney: Momentum can be key for Blues over the Easter period

2 April 2015

Assistant boss admits none of the remaining eight games will be easy.

Southend United assistant manager Dave Penney wants Blues to build momentum over the Easter period, starting off with a victory against Mansfield Town.

Phil Brown's side take on the relegation-threatened Stags at Roots Hall on Good Friday before heading to Hartlepool United on Bank Holiday Monday.

And Penney says Southend will go into the game against Mansfield with a timely boost to the squad.

“Myles Weston has come back from international duty fit and well,” Penney began.

“David Worrall is still injured, Luke Prosser is back in training and Kevan Hurst is rated at 50/50 for the game.

“Luke's done and dusted. Ben Clarkson's looked after him and he's been training all week. Today's the first day he's been heading balls and training with the whole squad.

“Adam Barrett played at Bury. Nobody really did too much wrong in the six minutes we payed up at Gigg Lane! We haven't named the squad yet, but we'll see who comes through training today.

And Penney feels there won't be any easy games left until the rest of the season.

Following the game against Hartlepool on Monday, the Blues then have to take on the likes of Tranmere Rovers, Newport County, Exeter City, Bury, Luton Town and Morecambe, with all the clubs aiming for promotion or surviving in the division.

“There's something on every game,” Dave said.

“We're against teams fighting for the play-offs and fighting off relegation. We need to set the Easter weekend off on a high with a win against Mansfield.

“They changed their manager, Adam Murray's gone in there and done okay, but they've lost the last two. Teams have closed the gap on them and Mansfield need to get some more points on the board.

“Teams get promoted and relegated at this time of year. They come thick and fast and the points could rack up quickly.”

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