Southend United manager Mark Molesley has warned against facing a ‘wounded animal’ in Morecambe this weekend.
The Shrimps, who were in Carabao Cup action on Wednesday night losing 7-0 to Newcastle United, were on the end of a 5-0 defeat at home to Cambridge United last weekend in League Two.
Molesley is expecting nothing more than a very difficult encounter against Derek Adams’ side at Roots Hall.
Here’s what the Blues boss had to say on the game and also the potential of getting some players back off the treatment table...
"We’re looking for that positive reaction,” said Molesley on his side who themselves come into the weekend on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Carlisle United.
"We’ve had a good week’s training and we’re always looking to improve.
"We’re a work in progress and we’ve got to keep progressing, keep improving and that’s what we work hard every day to do."
On whether any players might return to the squad…
"Possibly. We’re hoping we can.
"We’ve been a bit unfortunate with the injury table with some of our more experienced players being on it.
"A couple have joined in training this week and a couple are close to joining in training.
"It would be a welcome return for all of them and they all want to be out there as much as we want them but like I keep saying, we’ve got to be careful and make sure they get the right bank of work behind them so when they do come back they stay back.
"We need them for the long haul."
On everybody working hard to get some points on the board…
"That’s the most important thing, that we keep striving to improve
"Ordinarily we’re probably coming towards the end of a pre-season, this week coming up to our sixth week with the lads.
"Usually the season would just be starting now but we’re two weeks in. We’re hoping to see improvements from this week’s training
"It’s not going to be through lack of hard work or effort.
"We have to keep believing in our process, keep driving and pushing each other and have a constant strive for improvement."
"They had a good win on the opening day of the season, but have obviously lost the last couple.
"Sometimes a wounded animal is a dangerous animal so we will give them the respect they deserve.
"There’s no easy game in this league and it’ll be a tough afternoon, but we’ve got to make sure we go and impact them with our game."