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PREVIEW: MOLESLEY ON BOLTON GAME

19 February 2021

As Southend United return home to face Bolton Wanderers at Roots Hall on Saturday, Mark Molesley says Blues cannot get ahead of themselves.

After two good results against promotion chasing sides to lift club just outside the Sky Bet League Two relegation places, the message is clear from the manager.

Molesley says Blues can’t keep getting knocked back, as they look to put a sustained run of results together.

"We’ve got a lot of hard work ahead of us and some tough games coming up.

"But we can be buoyed by the attitude, mentality and resilience the boys have shown to bounce back from a tough time for us. That two weeks was probably the toughest time for us that we’d felt during our campaign.

"We had to get back up and fight again, and the boys have shown that resilience throughout the season. Whatever has been thrown at them, they’ve come back out fighting. When people started to write us off, we’ve always come back out.

"I always say it, all we’ve done is got ourselves off the canvas and back in the fight. We can’t keep getting knocked down. We’ve got to keep stepping forward, we’ve got to put a run together and a combination of results together to really start putting the pressure on other teams around us.

"The last couple of games we’ve shown the right credentials, but we’re also haunted by the previous results before that.

"Football serves a quick reminder if you ever get too far ahead of yourself.

"We have a mammoth game in front of us. Bolton Wanderers; what a big football club that is.

"Another manager who has done very well and plays a very distinct style. It’s another tough challenge."

Bolton are aiming for their third successive win tomorrow having seen off Stevenage and Mansfield in their past two outings.

The 3-2 win against the Stags on Wednesday was particularly impressive, coming from 2-0 down in the last 15 minutes.

A club the size of the Trotters, the ambition would have been challenging for promotion this season, something which is still mathematically possible despite sitting in 11th currently.

"Ian’s in their to change a culture, a bit like myself, and those things take time,” Molesley added.

"If you look at all the teams near the top of the league, those are the ones who have had the most consistency in their managers and team in the last two, three or four seasons.

"Ian’s building something and he has a distinct way of playing but sometimes it takes time to put the foundations in for that.

"What they have got is a very able squad, a talented manager and a talented squad. They’re in the process of transition as a club, a bit like ourselves.

"They’re certainly a quality side so we’re going to have a real tough game ahead of us.”

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