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12 February 2021

Mark Molesley says Southend United are keeping their feet firmly on the ground after beating Newport County on Tuesday.

Blues broke a four-game losing run to see off the Exiles thanks to Tom Clifford’s deflected free-kick in Wales and some excellent defending, which would have restored belief amongst fans and players alike.

And with the chance to jump out of the relegation places with Barrow's game away to Forest Green Rovers postponed, Molesley said they won’t be getting ahead of themselves.

"There can be no greater carrot for us on Saturday but we have to keep our feet on the floor and remember what it takes to win a game of football which we showed on Tuesday and stay true to ourselves and keep believing," he said.

"We’ve given ourselves a chance and Tuesday was a huge win for us after a bad spell.

"We had to show a good reaction and away to Newport on a Tuesday night is a tough place to go.

"To get that win we should take great confidence from.

"One of the features of the win over Newport was the strength of options on the bench, and Molesley believes in this unusual season with lots of midweek games coming up that’s going to be crucial.

"You can start the game strong you can finish the game strong and then you’ve also got the option to mix it up for the following game when they come Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday.

"I think what’s worse this year is the state of pitches really are energy sapping and I think that was where we hit a bit of brick wall, was that we played on four heavy pitches in the space of 10 days, carrying too many knocks.

"But there can be no room for excuses. We won’t hide behind any, we’ve got to get better and improve.

"Tuesday was a good yardstick for us just to remind ourselves what we’re about and what we’re built on."

With the region gripped with snow, ice and freezing temperatures this week Molesley said it’s been a difficult few days trying to find space to train.

"We have to make the best of any situation we’re in and we managed to clear some areas and got some training done. We’ll always make the best of a situation," Molesley added.

Blues and Cambridge met at Roots Hall just over three weeks ago with the U's coming out on top, and the Blues boss said he knows first-hand why they are top of the league currently following that 2-1 reverse, despite Mark Bonner's side suffering a 4-1 defeat to Salford on Tuesday.

"I thought we were very good first half and then second half just ran out of steam.

"It was a very close game and we were probably guilty of not taking our chances in the first half.

"They’re an excellent side and they’re up there for a reason. They’ve got established and experienced players with a good way of playing so it’s certainly going to be a tough game, but we showed on Tuesday night that we’re up for the challenge and the fight.

"We’ve got to meet it head on and look forward to it."

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