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Michael Timlin: We're in for a battle at Stevenage

19 February 2015

Midfield man up for the fight on Saturday against Graham Westley's Stevenage.

Southend United midfielder Michael Timlin says he is up for the fight ahead of Blues’ trip to Stevenage on Saturday in Sky Bet League Two.

The 29-year-old is, however, backing the team to bounce back from the defeat to Accrington Stanley at Roots Hall last week, and says boss Phil Brown could shake the squad up for the game at Broadhall Way.

“Any defeat has an impact on the squad,” Timlin says.

“We have players who perhaps weren’t playing that come back into contention. It’s part and parcel of football, and it’s about how you react to that defeat.

“We were disappointed we didn’t win the game against Accrington, and a game against Stevenage will see us in for a battle. They won’t give you an easy game and that’s the sort of game I always love to be involved in.

“After the defeat against Wycombe Wanderers we went on a really good run and we reacted well to that. We’re looking up rather than down.

And Timlin says that the senior players at the Club have to help the youngsters in the side ahead of the business end of the season.

At 29, Timlin is one of the oldest in the team, and says he ‘thrives’ on the role.

“The senior players like myself, Barry Corr and Lee Barnard have an influence on the younger players in the squad, and I thrive on that. We have to head into the game with the right mentality and the right frame of mind. 

“One defeat in 16 isn’t a crisis and we still go to the game full of confidence. We have to get something from the game to keep us in touch with the top three in the division.”

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