Mooney Talks Momentum Ahead Of Essex DerbyBlues striker David Mooney previews the Boxing Day Essex bout with Colchester United, and is thoroughly looking forward to the task ahead.
A win at the Weston Homes Community Stadium would put the pressure on the play-off pack, though Mooney admits it will be a tough fixture for the Shrimpers squad, who contain some ex-U’s amongst their ranks.
“It’s a big game” Mooney said.
“Obviously it’s a local rivalry, and there’s a few ex-Colchester players in our squad so we’re looking forward to going there.
“Obviously for them (Colchester) it hasn’t been a great start to the season, but they’ve got a new manager in now, so they’ll probably be a bit more lively than they have been the last few weeks.
“So we’re looking forward to it.”
It is thought by many that the introduction of a new boss can galvanise a team, and whilst Mooney prepares to play against a struggling Colchester side under new Boss Kevin Keen, he points out that he and the team are fully focused on their own job at hand.
When asked if a new Manager can have a positive effect on a team, the Irishman said “Yes it can do”.
“But obviously we’re playing really well at the minute, so we can only focus on ourselves, and that’s what we’ll be looking to do.
“We’ll forget what’s going on over there, and just go out and play as we have been over the last few weeks and hopefully get that win.”
Southend will be roared on by over 2,500 traveling Blues supporters, and the striker can’t wait to feel the buzz of the Essex derby.
“It will be an electric atmosphere” Mooney added.
I played there (at Colchester) for Leyton Orient when we brought about 1,700 one year and it was brilliant, so for us to be bringing over 2,500 is going to bring some atmosphere!”
As the festive period gathers pace, and games come thick and fast, the goal-getter also stated the importance of gathering momentum as the Shrimpers prepare to take on the second-half of the season.
Mooney is part of a Southend United side that has not lost in the league since October, and when quizzed about the importance of positive results in the upcoming games, he concluded “It’s massive!”
“These three games (Colchester, Millwall, Doncaster Rovers) could set us up for the rest of the season, and I’ve spoke a few times about building that kind of momentum.
“I can’t remember the last time we lost a league game; I know we’ve lost one or two in the cup, but for us our league form has been really good.
“So hopefully we’ll go in to the game on Saturday full of confidence. We’ve scored a good few goals in the last few weeks, so hopefully we can continue that.”