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Timlin previews Swindon

7 January 2016

Midfielder ready to get back to winning ways.

Blues midfielder Michael Timlin sees Saturdays’ trip to Swindon Town as the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways.

Southend take on the Robins on the back of two consecutive home defeats to Millwall and Doncaster Rovers respectively, proving a minor setback and what has otherwise been a great start to life in League One for Phil Brown’s side.

Asked about the thoughts of the dressing room after those two losses, Timlin said “There was disappointment and frustration, because it’s uncharacteristic of us.

“It just shows if you’re not on your game, and haven’t got the right mentality, how easily you can be punished in League One.

“We’ve gone through it all individually and collectively, and we’re going to make sure we put it right on Saturday.”

Despite recent results, Southend still sit in seventh place in the table, just three points off the top six.

The Irishman highlighted the importance of getting back to winning ways as the second half of the season gathers pace.

“The silver lining is that we haven’t moved positions in the table.” He added.

“So we just have to make sure we get a good result now, and make sure we stay with the pack, because in the next couple of games I think we’re going to get a picture of what’s going to happen at the top and bottom of the table.

“So we have to make sure that we pick up as many points as we can in the next couple of games, and hopefully stop the rot.”

With other sides in the league on FA Cup duty this weekend, there is a chance to make some real ground on the teams around the Blues with a positive result on Saturday.

Though Timlin says the team are just focusing on themselves.

“At the end of the day there’s no point having games in hand if you don’t get the points.

“So we have to make sure that starting with Saturday’s game against Swindon, we go there with a strong mentality, collectively we go with the right mind set and get the result that we need.”

The Blues face a Swindon side who are still yet to appoint a manager, and are currently under the stewardship of First Team Coach, Luke Williams.

Ironically, The Robins go in to the game on the back of back to back defeats themselves, before previously going on a four game winning streak.


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