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Southend United's Luke Prosser wants another good run in Johnstone's Paint Trophy
SOUTHEND United’s Luke Prosser wants to start another memorable Johnstone’s Paint Trophy campaign with victory against Dagenham & Redbridge at Roots Hall tonight.
The Shrimpers reached the final of last season’s competition and took 32,000 fans to Wembley for their 2-0 defeat against Crewe Alexandra last April.
And Prosser — who is just one of four players from that final who is likely to figure this evening — now wants to head back to the home of English football.
“Not many people get to play at Wembley so it would great to go back there again and say we’ve done it twice,” said the centre-back.
“It’s a good competition which really comes alive in the later stages, so we want to try and make sure we’re part of that, which means getting the victory tonight.”
Blues have beaten Dagenham in the JPT in both of the last two seasons.
But Prosser is expecting a different type of challenge against the Daggers this time around.
“They have a new manager and they’ve been playing some really good football by all accounts,” said the defender, who scored the Shrimpers’ second goal in their 2-0 win at Oxford United on Saturday.
“They’re doing well in the league and I think they will pose more of a threat than they used to and I think they’re going to be a very tough side to beat.
“They will be coming here with plenty of confidence but we’ve been boosted by our win at Oxford and we want to try and build on that now.”
Blues had gone six games without a win before getting all three points against the U’s.
And Prosser was thrilled to get back to winning ways at the Kassam Stadium.
“We had been playing well without getting the results, so it was great Saturday’s game went in our favour,” said the 25-year-old.
“We played well and scoring the goal was just a bonus.
“We had been getting a bit of stick for not scoring from set pieces, so it was nice to see it go in and hopefully we can start getting on the end of Kevan Hurst’s great deliveries more often.”