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Brian Horton: Having international Blues back are big boosts

10 September 2015

Football co-ordinator admits things are looking up, and Cian Bolger could be in contention.

Southend United football co-ordinator Brian Horton believes Blues can build on the momentum from the victory against Peterborough United when Shrewsbury Town visit Roots Hall on Saturday.

Blues are now on a four-game unbeaten streak in the division, and Horton admits Blues will be boosted by the return of Myles Weston and Ted Smith, who both missed out on the squad last week due to international duty.

“We had three out on international duty this week with Ted, Myles and Glen [Rea] playing. It was great experiences for the three of them,” Horton began.

“We're playing against better players in this league. It's really as simple as that, and I think Shrewsbury have probably found that out as well.

“We could have beaten Brighton, should have won at Donny and should have beaten Swindon. The win was coming.

“The supporters have been unbelievable and they were brilliant against Coventry as well on a Bank Holiday Monday. They've probably been quite pleased with how we've started the season.”

But Horton's not underestimating the challenge on Saturday.

Salop – like Southend – earned promotion from League 2 last term and picked up the three points last week at Barnsley.

“Shrewsbury had a good win at Barnsley last week and Micky Mellon's done brilliantly there. He did another great job at Fleetwood as well and he's a real footballing guy.

“When you're winning game you tend to not see too many players injured, don't you?! 

“We're pleasantly surprised with how Cian Bolger's coming along. He played against Peterborough in midweek in the behind closed doors game and I believe Kevan Hurst is having a scan. Glen and Ted are back in the fold for Saturday and I think Westy [Weston] is back today as well, which are all boosts.”

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