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Atkinson looking forward to facing former team

15 February 2016

Midfielder looking to get back to winning ways against Bradford

Will Atkinson will be amongst familiar surroundings when the Blues take on Bradford City at Valley Parade tomorrow night.

The midfielder made over 30 league appearances in an 18-month spell for the Bantams, and played a vital role in the side that made it to the League Cup Final in 2013, slaying Premier League Giants Arsenal and Aston Villa along the way.

The midfielder, now a key part of Southend’s midfield mix-up admits he is looking forward to coming up against some old faces on Tuesday.

“When the fixtures come out, you look when you’ll be playing your old teams and I’m no different.” Atkinson said.

“I’ll be looking forward to going back to Bradford tomorrow night.

“I was only there a short time, but there was loads of great memories made in those 18 months I was there.

“There’s been quite a few changes since I left, but there’s still some familiar faces and the management staff are still the same so it will be good to catch up with them.”

Atkinson and Southend will be looking to bounce back from a narrow defeat against Scunthorpe at the weekend.

Prior to that result, Phil Browns men had been undefeated in their last four, and had won three consecutive games.

 Atkinson has sought out tomorrow’s fixture as the ideal chance to get back on track, though the 28-year old admits it won’t be an easy ask.

“It will be a tough game.” He added

“We’re going in to their back yard, and we’ll need to be at our best to get something.

“It wasn’t a great game against Scunthorpe. We knew going in to the game with the conditions that it wasn’t going to be great game of football.

“On the day, they played the conditions better than us. We were unlucky not to have a penalty late on, but we need forget that now, and bounce back at Bradford.”

The Blues go in to the match on Tuesday, just three points off the Play-offs and know that a good result will keep them very much in contention for a top-six finish.

The ambition to achieve that goal is something that is shared by everyone at the club, says Atkinson.

“We need to concentrate on the fact that we have been a good run of form, and look towards Tuesday to get another three points.

“We’re in a decent position, we’re all ambitious here and we’re always looking up the table rather than watching behind us.

“We want to be in the play-offs and hopefully Tuesday night can be the start of another run for us.”

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