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24 February 2021

Mark Molesley takes his Southend United side to Forest Green Rovers this evening in Sky Bet League Two.

The Green Devils have top spot in their sights, whereas Blues have a relegation battle on their hands, which after Tuesday night’s results didn’t get any easier.

However, a narrow defeat to Bolton last time out followed solid performances away at Newport and Cambridge.

Conceding one goal in those three games shows a tougher, more resilient outfit that Southend have become of late which will again be needed against Mark Cooper’s side.

"We have to keep believing in ourselves and the longer we’re in games the more opportunities will hopefully present itself for us," said Molesley.

"We’re certainly looking more solid and organised and we’re going to have to be that against an excellent Forest Green side.

"They play very well out from the back, play free flowing football with a lot of technically gifted footballers.

"We’ve got to make sure we’re on our toes but at the same time we’ve got to make sure we put our game onto them, create good opportunities and good spells of possession."

Scoring goals has been the issue for Blues this season but Molesley believes being hard to beat will help them win more games by being involved in closer contests, and then it’s about taking more of the chances they create.

"We’ve got to be in the game to make the most of those opportunities," he added.

"We’re giving ourselves a platform to build on and that’s the next step which needs to be sorted and sorted quickly.

"I feel we’ve got the right players and the right blends to do that, and competition for places is a lot fiercer now. We’ve got a range of ways we can attack now and a range of different attacking options.

"Players are really fighting for that shirt which is great to have as a manager with the games coming thick and fast. And different types of players for different game plans.

"It’s up to us to pick the right ones at the right time, but also players need to make sure they’re on their game to keep their shirt."

On the game being played on a Wednesday, Molesley said it presents a slightly different challenge to their week.

"It’s an extra day for this one but we lose it at the other end.

"I’ll worry about that after the game, at the moment it’s full focus on this one.

"They deserve our utmost attention which we will certainly give them.

"It is what it is. This is the scenario, this is what we’ve got to deal with. We get an extra day’s prep into the boys so hopefully that will be an advantage for us."

Watch the game live on iFollow Blues.

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