Southend manager Chris Powell insists tomorrow’s game at Bury, the side bottom of Sky Bet League One, is harder than last Saturday’s against the league leaders.
Blues came through that particular test against Wigan Athletic – which he claimed was the ‘result of the season’ – with a 3-1 win.
But Powell is under no illusions how difficult Bury, who have not lost in four games, will be.
“We’ve got to understand that Bury have picked up recently,” he said.
“They’ve got a decent squad and have players that know this level. Actually, it’s a harder game in my eyes for my players because the expectation now of everyone is it’s a game that we should win, but it’s not like that.
“Bury have done well of late and got a morale-boosting equaliser on Saturday at Bradford. We’re under no illusions here.
“We’ve got a long way to travel and we’re playing against a side that are really fighting for their lives.
“They will equally look at us and think ‘they’re in a good place’, and rightly so. We’ve worked hard to put ourselves in this position.
“Saturday’s result was one really well-earned and we have to back that up against Bury.”