Coach Andy Melville looks ahead to Roots Hall
First Team Coach Andy Melville is expecting another big test for the U’s as they head for Southend United tomorrow. The Shrimpers occupy the last of the coveted play-off places but the U’s can move to within a point of them with a win at Roots Hall. Having played each other twice already this season, including the area semi-final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, United know what to expect:
“We have had some good battles with them over the last two or three years in the league and the cups” Andy told Yellow Player. “Paul Sturrock gets them really organised and disciplined so we have to get ourselves right for it mentally and if we do that then our ability will take care of itself.”
United battled to a draw against third placed Burton on Tuesday night and have lost just once in the league since November. That should give them added confidence against the Shrimpers:
“It was a difficult night and a difficult game on Tuesday against a very good side” Andy said. “We played very well in the first half and were the better side. They asked a few questions in the second half and got a goal out of nothing but we are in good nick and looking forward to it. Southend are a strong League Two side, and so are we as we so it should be a good game”.
It is Ultimate Away Support Saturday and with the supporters getting behind the team once again Andy has high hopes for a positive result:
“We will travel up on the day, have our pre-match meal and prepare properly for the game The players shouldn’t really need motivating for a big game like this. The fans will get behind us I’m sure. They have been different class this season. Sometimes they have had to be a little bit patient but they have stuck with us and been fantastic all season.”
See the full interview plus the Preview Show, all in Yellow Player right now.