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Horton Previews Crewe

29 February 2016

Blues' Football Co-ordinator looks at tomorrow night's game at Roots Hall

Southend United’s Football Co-ordinator, Brian Horton is looking to put the Port Vale disappointment behind the team and get back on track against Crewe Alexandra tomorrow night.

The Blues welcome the Railwaymen to Roots Hall looking to make it a fourth consecutive home victory.

Southend’s home form has been every inch that of what a play-off contender’s should be in recent weeks, but away results have prevented Phil Brown’s men from marching in to the top-six.

Horton is disappointed with the level of inconsistency at this moment in time, but is far more concerned on putting it right as quickly as possible.

“We’ve got to put Port Vale behind us now.” He said.

“We’ve got 13 games to go, which is almost like a 13 game season now where we can get back in the play-off hunt.

“A lot of teams are having a stutter; it happens but if we’re going to achieve something this season we can’t have that.”

The Blues come up against a Crewe side who are in the midst of a relegation battle at the bottom of League One.

Despite their league position, Horton is expecting a stern test against a good footballing side tomorrow night.

“I went to watch Crewe play on Saturday, and they played a very good first half.

“They still play good football; they’ve always been renowned for playing good football and they were the better side in the first half and scored off a set-piece.

“Barnsley came out the second half totally transformed and were the better side in the second half on two-set pieces, and set pieces are vital as we well know.

“That’s another aspect of our game that we need to improve over these 13 games, and not just improve against, we’ve got to improve for as well.”

Such is the competitiveness of this league, each game will prove as tough as the next, and as the season shows signs of the final stretch in the distance, Horton says everyone must be prepared for the battle ahead.

“This is a very even league.

“I saw Fleetwood play at Rochdale last week who are down there and were much the better team and ended up losing, and then they won at Coventry on Saturday.

“That’s just how the league is unfortunately, or should I say fortunately for us at the moment as it’s still given us a chance.

“The bottom line is you’ve got to do it yourselves, you can’t keep looking at results because at the moment when we’re losing everybody else is losing, and when we’re winning everybody else is winning.

“We can’t do that; you’ve got to look at yourselves as players, as individuals, as management staff which we’ve done over the last couple of days to try and identify what we need to do.

“Team selection through the last 13 games is going to be vital. We’re going to take each game as it comes and selected the right side to take on each team, because every team is different.”

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