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8 October 2020

Southend United Manager Mark Molesley wants to see that week-on-week improvement his team have continually made this season once again when Exeter City visit Roots Hall in Sky Bet League Two this weekend.

Blues picked up their first point of the 2020/21 season against Crawley in their last league outing.

And Molesley is now after his first win as Southend boss this weekend.

On building upon the point gained last weekend…

"The boys showed the right character because a lot is being thrown at us but they didn’t give up, they kept believing.

"We can feel we’re getting strong and better.

"The lads’ belief and attitude to come back was spot on and last week showed we can mix it and we’re getting better.

"You can see the difference that JD [Jason Demetriou] has made, Harry Lennon last week. You saw the difference in our first game against Gillingham when we had John White and Tim Dieng in the team.

"We’ve got a fantastic young team but we need a couple of them older players to stabilise them young players who are learning on the job at the moment.

"We’ve got quite a few to come back as well so we feel like we’re getting stronger.”

On the challenge of facing Exeter City…

"They're a very experienced team at this level and were in the play-offs last season.

"Matt Taylor has got them organised, very well-drilled and like I say, they’re experienced and always fighting for promotion so another tough challenge awaits us.

"They have a rich history of producing very good players, most-notably of late Ollie Watkins who has banged the goals in at Aston Villa. [Ethan] Ampadu is another one but we’re also very proud of what we do here at this football club.

"They are an experienced team and they set the standard because they’ve been up the top end of this league in the last few years.

"We have to stick to our processes and present a really strong challenge to them."

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