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PREVIEW | Travelling support can guide us to victory

7 April 2017

Defender believes the backing at The Valley will be massive for the team...

Adam Thompson believes the huge number Southend fans are travelling to Charlton in can help the team onto victory on Saturday.

Over 2,200 tickets have already been sold so far with tickets coming off sale from the Blues Box Office at 3pm, at which point fans can purchase on the day from The Valley.

Thompson says that level of backing is just what the players need at this stage of the season.

“That’s what we need at this time of the season, especially away to Charlton,” he said

“It’s a good stadium and generally when we’re backed by a large following we tend to put on a good show which we’ll be trying to do on Saturday.”

Thompson added that losing to second-placed Bolton on Tuesday in the 90th minute is nothing to be ashamed of.

“The mood in camp is quite positive despite the result on Tuesday.

“We showed that we can do it against the best which obviously Bolton by the looks of it are going to be going up automatically. We’ve essentially played a Championship team there.

“We did ourselves proud and just lost it at the end but I think we’ve got to be positive because there’s five games left.

“There’s no room for negativity, especially at this time of the season and the position we’re in.”

The centre back believes another performance like that will lead to a positive result at The Valley.

“If we can take the second half performance into Saturday then hopefully we’ll do well.

“Over the last month or so we’ve shown good character. The Walsall game, that shows good character to come from 2-0 down and the Oldham game going down to ten men in the 75th minute and we win 3-0.

“We need to show that now again and we feel we’ve got it in abundance.

“On paper Charlton should probably get promoted this year. 

“They’ve got a great squad all with experience in Sky Bet League One, so it will be a very tough game.

“We just need a win by hopefully starting on the front foot and getting an early goal.

“We’ve both got things to play for so it should be a feisty encounter because both teams have plenty to play for.”

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