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11 February 2022

With his sights firmly set on Southend United’s encounter away at Woking on Saturday, Blues’ Head Coach Kevin Maher insists that he is taking his side’s resurgence one game at a time.

Blues head to Surrey this weekend looking to extend their unbeaten run to nine matches, and having beaten promotion contenders Bromley 2-0 in the week, Maher stands firm that the next match is the most important.

"We were really pleased with Tuesday but that’s gone now," said Maher.

"We’re looking forward to Saturday."

Blues have picked up 19 points from their last 21 available, heights perhaps deemed unachievable earlier in the season given their original struggles.

And Maher has stressed the importance of keeping his side’s standards high ahead of their trip to Woking.

"We want to continue hitting the standards we’ve hit recently.

"It’s a tough game but hopefully it will be for Woking too.

"We have to be ready for it because they’re a decent side who cause you problems."

Tuesday night’s triumph was Southend’s fifth straight win at Roots Hall, their last defeat on home soil came against Saturday's opponents in mid-November.

And gazing back on the 2-0 setback, Maher believes the progression of the team is clear to see.

"You look back at that game and where the club was at that stage we an idea where we wanted to get to.

"Did we think we’d be this far ahead with where we are? Maybe not.

"But things can happen when people pull in the right direction.

"The players we’ve brought in have made everyone step their game up.

"We kept saying the standards had to go up around this place and I think they’re starting to do that on and off the pitch, but we have to keep it going."

A crowd in excess of 8,000 congregated for Blues’ midweek outing, and there’s a feel-good factor coursing through the club, a renewed optimism for many after a tough few years.

Enjoying the upturn in form and positive feelings in recent weeks, Maher is eager for everyone to keep working hard to maintain the good momentum.

"I don’t want to dampen anyone’s spirits after how the club has been for the last two or three years and what’s gone on.

"We should all enjoy the good times, but we know what’s got results and that’s hard work.

"We’re putting the hard work in at the training ground, and everyone is doing the same behind the scenes too.

"Everyone is contributing and it’s a club that is pulling together in all areas. We keep going though.

"The fans have been outstanding, and I know we’ll take another big following on Saturday.

"But this is another very tough game and it’s one we’ll have to be up for."

Key to Blues’ recent success is their improved form in front of goal, for they have scored in every match since November with the front three system bearing fruit.

Maher was keen to heap praise on his forward options, of which he now has plenty to select from. 

"The front three work their socks off and if you’re a defender playing against them you know you won’t be getting much rest.

"They set a lot of the press of for us and the work they do makes lots of difference to those behind them, those just rewards will come.

"Matty (Dennis) is getting goals, Cards (Cardwell) has his and Dalbs (Dalby) has got his fair share.

"We have Callum Powell and Bridgey (Jack Bridge) is coming back so we have good attacking players and I’m sure that will turn."

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