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White: We must keep believing

14 January 2016

Injured Blues Captain previews Saturday’s trip to Peterborough United.

Southend United Captain John White highlighted the importance of everyone pulling in the same direction ahead of the game at Peterborough United on Saturday.

The Blues go in to the game on the back of three defeats, and while that would understandably knock the confidence of any player, White has praised Manager, Phil Brown for keeping the players’ mentality right ahead of Saturday.

“The confidence takes a bit of a hit” admitted White.

“But the Manager has been in training promoting the confidence again, getting back on top of things, encouraging and we’re looking forward to the next game now.”

The current run of form is uncharacteristic of a Blues side that remains just outside the play-offs.

While the Skipper can’t explain the reason for the dip in form, he says that he and the players are determined to put it right.

“It’s difficult to put a finger on it” he added. “If I could I’d be flying high as a manager.

“We haven’t changed too much, it’s just a case of keeping on believing.

“Believing in ourselves, believing in each other, being positive and looking ahead to the next game, with a chance to put it right.”

The defender, who will miss the game at London Road on Saturday with a hamstring injury, spoke highly of the fans continued backing despite the poor run of form.

White has urged supporters to keep coming in their numbers, highlighting that it can have a big effect on the players, as they look to get back to winning ways.

When asked about the importance of the fans support, the Captain said “It’s massive.

“It makes a huge difference; the amount of people who come, and the noise they make.

“It’s noticed on the pitch and it does make a difference to us. So we need to keep believing and keep bringing the numbers we are taking.

“We need to cement our place in the table and look to push on again.

“Fingers crossed, this is our blip out of the way as every team has at some point in the season.

“So hopefully that’s out the way now, and we’ll be looking to crack on and try and steam roller up the league.”

Southend face a Peterborough side, who sit just three points above the Blues in the coveted sixth position in the League One standings.

White expects another tough task against a similar footballing side to what they faced at Swindon last weekend,

“We’ll be facing a similar style of football to last weekend.

“They’re quite an expansive team and they’ll look to pass the ball.

“They’ve got good attacking options as well, so it’s case of us imprinting on them, and stop them being able to do what they’re good at.”

While White is feeling the frustrations of watching from the stands at the moment, he is happy with the progress of his injury, and is confident of being in a Blues shirt again in the near future.

“It’s very frustrating.” Conceded White.

“It’s never easy to be on the sidelines, and watching training from sitting inside the treatment room is never easy.

“The injury is coming on really well though; I’m really positive with how it’s going.

“It’s feeling stronger and better every day, so I’m just trying to get back as soon as I can.”

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