ADAM Thompson believes victory for Southend United against Newport County on Friday night would make their draw at Dagenham & Redbridge an even better result.
Blues were held to a 1-1 draw at Victoria Road on Tuesday evening after Daggers’ striker Luke Norris cancelled out Kevan Hurst’s opener for the visitors.
But Thompson, who again lined up at right-back for the game, was not too downbeat about securing a share of the spoils.
And he is now eager to pick up all three against Newport.
“I think if we can go and win on Friday now then the draw against Dagenham becomes an even better result for us,” said Thompson, 21.
“Four points from these two games would be a good total and would also see us open more of a gap on the teams below us.
“We’re up to sixth now, eight points ahead of Newport who are just outside the play-offs with a few games in hand and we want to move even further clear of them.”
The Shrimpers head in to the game at Roots Hall on the back of drawing at Dagenham.
And Thompson felt the 1-1 score-line was a fair reflection of the game.
“I thought a draw was about right and I think Dagenham have the third best home record in our division so it’s not a bad result either,” said the defender.
“Obviously we would’ve preferred all three and after going in front we’re a bit disappointed not to have won but, attacking wise, I would say Dagenham are one of the best teams at this level.
“The goal they got was a bit lucky as it took a deflection but it was a fair outcome in the end and our final ball just lacked that bit of quality we needed.”
However, the Shrimpers were left feeling frustrated after not being given a penalty when Thompson went to ground inside the area.
And the Northern Ireland under 21 international was certain a spot kick should have been awarded.
“Their player came across me after I had already touched the ball,” said Thompson.
“I thought it was a penalty but sometimes the decisions just don’t go your way.”