Southend United's Kevan Hurst aims to make most of more attacking role against Fleetwood Town (From Echo)
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Southend United's Kevan Hurst aims to make most of more attacking role against Fleetwood Town
SOUTHEND United’s Kevan Hurst wants to make the most of his new found freedom when Fleetwood Town visit Roots Hall tonight.
The winger has been pushed further forward in the last three games, with the Shrimpers lining up in a 4-3-3 formation.
And Hurst is desperate to make that count this evening.
“I’m enjoying the formation we’re using at the moment and hopefully, if we use it again tonight, it can help us get the win,” said Hurst.
“I think it gives me more freedom to get forward which I’m enjoying and hopefully I can do that against Fleetwood as well.
“We’ve had some good results on the road but we want to get back to winning ways at Roots Hall now because bad results at home hurt us last season.
“Our last home game against Dagenham was a poor performance and that will be fresh in our supporters’ minds.
“So we need to go out there tonight and play like we did in the games against Oxford and Burton who are both very good sides.”
Blues have not won at home since beating Northampton Town in mid-August.
But Hurst is hoping Fleetwood’s high position in the league may make them more likely to attack on their travels and not sit back like previous visitors to Roots Hall.
“I think with the history of our club teams sit back, put men behind the ball and make it hard for us,” said Hurst.
“I think they see the quality we have in the squad and the manager we have here and decide that’s the best way to go.
“I’m not sure Fleetwood will do that though because they’re up towards the top so I think they’ll be coming here to try and win the game.
“And I’m hoping that suits us.”
Hurst has also been in contact with his former Blues team-mate Ryan Cresswell ahead of the defender returning to Roots Hall for the first time since his departure last summer.
And the winger plans to ignore the defender’s request to endure an off night.
“Cressy has told me to leave my assists at home but hopefully I can get another couple,” said the 28-year-old, who had more assists in League Two last season than any other player.
“Fleetwood are a good side with a big budget so it has the makings of a good game.
“But we want to build on the win at Burton and get a good result at home for the fans as well now.”