Southend United's Barry Corr hopes to triumph against Fleetwood Town's Ryan Cresswell in battle of former flat-mates (From Echo)
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Southend United's Barry Corr hopes to triumph against Fleetwood Town's Ryan Cresswell in battle of former flat-mates
SOUTHEND United striker Barry Corr hopes to triumph in the battle of the former flat mates when high-flying Fleetwood Town visit Roots Hall tonight.
Corr will be in direct opposition with his ex Shrimpers team-mate Ryan Cresswell, who he lived with during the defender’s spell at the club.
And the Irishman is desperate to come out on top “Cressy is a good player and Fleetwood are a good side but it would great to come out on top and keep him quiet for a few days,” said Corr.
“We’ve swapped a few texts in the build up to the game as you would expect and there’s been some banter flying around.
“But I think everyone knows what to expect from myself and Cressy in terms of the way we play the game so there’ll be no surprises on the night.
“We obviously came up against each other a lot in training last season but it will be different in an actual game and it should certainly be interesting.”
The duo have stayed in touch since Cresswell’s departure And the defender is looking forward to facing Corr on his first return to Roots Hall since leaving the club in the summer.
“Barry’s a good player and someone I get on with but I’m sure there will be no love lost between us during the game,” said Cresswell.
“We’re both committed players and we’ve been having a laugh about things before the game and I’m sure we will afterwards as well.
“But if he scores against me I’ll probably never hear the end of it so I’ll be going all out to try and stop him but it won’t be easy because he’s a good player.”
However, Corr heads in to the game without a goal in his last 12 appearances.
And Blues’ assistant manager Dave Penney has revealed that work has been done on the training ground this week in a bid to end the Irishman’s longest barren spell since joining the club three years ago.
“We’ve been working with Barry and trying to get him in to more goalscoring positions,” said Penney.
“He hasn’t actually been missing chances and we need to try and make sure more goes his way.
“He brings an awful lot to the team and I think we’ve missed him when he hasn’t played.
“But all strikers go through spells like this and I’m sure it won’t be long until he’s scoring regularly again.”
Blues head in to tonight’s game sitting 10th in the League Two table, while Fleetwood are currently second.