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Southend United on worst ever winless run ahead of clash with Oxford United
SOUTHEND United will be bidding to bounce back from their worst ever run without a win when they take on Oxford United in front of the Sky Sports cameras at Roots Hall this evening.
Blues were held to a 0-0 draw at struggling Bristol Rovers on Friday night to extend their winless streak to 13 games, something the club has previously not endured in their 108 year history.
But goalkeeper Daniel Bentley is convinced the Shrimpers can recover to still make the play-offs at the end of the season.
“We've got a great group of players here so we are still together and believe we can turn things around and get back in the play-offs places,” said the Shrimpers shot-stopper.
"Of course we hope it’s just getting that one win which could change everything but we've got to just keep working hard to get that.
"Maybe it's a case of a bit more confidence on the ball or in front of goal, but we will keep working hard to turn our fortunes around.
“We’ve been on unbeaten runs before this season and that’s what we need to go and do again now.
"It is a big game for us tonight now against Oxford but it’s not all about the cameras being there.
“It’s the game that matters most and making sure we pick up the three points.”
Blues head in to the match having dropped down to ninth in the League Two table.
York City’s 1-0 win at Portsmouth pushed them up in to the final play-off position and both them and Plymouth Argyle, in eighth, are now two points above the Shrimpers.
However, Bentley is still backing Blues to turn things around and believes their impressive defensive record can play a big part in that happening.
“Defensively we look solid and that was the case again on Friday, “ said Bentley, who has now kept 15 clean sheets this season.
"I can't remember having too many saves to make but the conditions were tough so you've always got to be ready for anything.
"We knew they would look to get set pieces and throws into the box but I thought we dealt with it pretty well.
“John Egan and Jake Sokolik were both very good again and their record speaks for itself really.
“They’ve played two games and we’ve kept two clean sheets so hopefully we can get a third tonight and get the three points to go with it as well.”
Oxford arrive at Roots Hall sitting sixth in the League Two table and won 1-0 against Hartlepool United on Friday night.
Blues have no new injury concerns for the game but will again be missing the suspended Barry Corr who sits out the second of a three match ban after being sent off against Bury.