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Southend United's Neil Harris: Bravery is what we need at Port Vale
WE’RE off to Port Vale this weekend and we’re going to have to be brave up against them.
That’s always crucial at this stage of the season when the games begin to run out and it will be the sides who take the calculated risks who will prosper.
You have to be prepared to receive the ball in difficult areas, to run with it and make tough passes while under pressure.
You also need to be positive too and have no fear.
We know we’re under pressure now after our last few results, but Port Vale will be feeling it too on Saturday.
They’re going through a bit of a sticky patch at the moment, despite being second in the table, and the onus will be on them to attack.
They’re a good attacking side and it was an exciting game we had against them at our place earlier on in the season.
It was certainly one of the better 0-0 draws you will see, but we can take heart from their bad run of results and we will want to bounce back from drawing with Rotherham.
To concede like we did right at the end of the game was very disappointing and frustrating, but we take collective responsibility for it.
It was an extremely frustrating day for me too to see a centre-back playing up front instead of myself, but that’s nothing against Bilel Mohsni who has the ability to play in a number of positions.
I want to play and will keep on working hard in the belief that a chance, either from the start or off the bench, will come my way at some stage.
TAM RETURN WOULD BE A HUGE BOOST
THERE has been plenty of speculation linking Tamika Mkandawire with a return to the club this week and it would be an amazing coup for us if he did come back.
From talking to Tam I know he’s keen to play for us again and get more minutes under his belt, but we will have to wait and see what happens.
I certainly hope he does sign. Everyone saw the quality he has and he compliments our other players well.
NANI RED CARD DISAPPOINTING
IT was a disappointing decision in my view when Nani was sent off for Manchester United against Real Madrid during the week.
And I certainly think it’s a grey area of the game which somebody needs to explain to players.
We need to be told when a high foot becomes dangerous but I just can’t understand how the six officials at Old Trafford the other night couldn’t see that was not a red card.
Nani didn’t take his eye off the ball once and it ended up changing the course of a major game, in a major competition.
Some people have compared what happened to Bilel Mohsni’s red card against Northampton but I disagree.
Bilel was facing the player and made an error of judgement.
But Nani never saw the player he was up against and didn’t really make an error at all in my opinion