Date: 25th September 2015 at 4:17pm
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Defender Jordan Clarke and midfielder Jamie Ness have given their thoughts ahead of this weekend’s game against Southend United.

Beginning with Clarke, he told the Official Site that he felt there were plenty of positives we could take from the loss to Rochdale, and he felt that if we could take those positives into the game against Southend we would come out with all three points and our first away win.

‘There are positives and hopefully we can turn them into more positives in this weekend’s game. I felt for the first half especially our shape was very good, we were very organised. They had some good attacks, but I believe we dealt with it really well. We went up the other end as well and had a couple of shots that maybe we could have done better with.’

Clarke went on to say that the game against Colchester shows what we are capable of but it’s about doing that consistently if we are to really perform as we can and get the results we want, allied to cutting out the mistakes.

‘That’s a game we should have won and we know that. We feel like that’s two points lost. The first half was very good, we started on the front foot and got two early goals, and we know we can do that. It’s just a case of being consistent now.’

As for Southend more specifically, he added.

‘We need any wins that we can get and our away form is going to be really important as well. We need to pick up points on the road and Southend would be a good place to start. When you’re picking up results at home, the fans can get on you and we`ve got to hope that the way we play makes their fans get on them. We’re very close, I can’t pinpoint what we need to do, because in the past couple of games our shape has been very good. We’ve created chances, the only thing is that we just need to score more chances and start conceding less.’

As for Ness, in his interview he talked about how he’s enjoying being back on the pitch now following what was a frustrating start to the season. Having got almost 90 minutes under his belt against Rochdale, building on an hour against Coventry, he explained.

‘I’m just enjoying being back out there, it’s been a frustrating start to sit and watch the games. So to get out there and start playing football again is what I want to do. It was more than expected obviously, 60 against Coventry was good and then almost the full 90 against Rochdale. I felt good, I felt fit. So hopefully I’ll be able to carry that on now into the next games.’

Looking back to the Rochdale game directly, he went on to say that he felt we were unlucky not to have taken something given the chances we created.

‘I thought we were very well organised, we were very solid. We created some good chances in the first half and the second as well. However, it was just one of the games where things didn’t go for us and we’ll look at why that was this week and prepare for Southend on Saturday.’

So that brings him to Southend, and Ness is confident that it will click for us in the match.

‘We’ll go down to Southend, have our gameplan and will play how we want to play. So hopefully we can dictate the game. We feel it’s all coming together now, so we’re looking forward to every game. It doesn`t really matter where it is. We’re not far away now from looking like a good team. We just need to start putting performances and results on the table. The lads know what they need to do, we need to go get three points, be solid and score goals.’


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