Southend United's Kevan Hurst getting goosebumps ahead of play-off semi-final with Burton Albion (From Echo)
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Southend United's Kevan Hurst getting goosebumps ahead of play-off semi-final with Burton Albion
SOUTHEND United winger Kevan Hurst is already experiencing goose-bumps at the thought of the League Two play-offs.
The Shrimpers face Burton Albion in the two legged semi-final with the first game taking place at the Pirelli Stadium on Sunday.
And Hurst cannot wait for the tie to kick off.
“I'm buzzing about these play-off games we have coming up and even thinking about them gives me goose-bumps,” said the 28-year-old.
“There's pressure on the games but it's a nice kind of pressure and the kind you want to be involved in.
“We're going for promotion and we're all very excited about these games we have coming up and we're all very confident too.”
The Shrimpers saw off Burton in their final League Two game of the season on Saturday, with Barry Corr bagging the only goal of the game.
The close range header put the striker ahead of Hurst in the scoring stakes.
But Hurst was happy to have helped his team-mate get on the score-sheet by setting him up with an excellent left wing cross.
“I set Barry up to go above me as top goalscorer but that's the kind of guy I am,” laughed the winger.
“I've been winding him up saying I'm saving my goals for the play-offs but I don't really mind who scores if I'm honest, “I've got 12 already which has doubled my tally from last season and I'm happy with that because I've reached my target,”
However Hurst, who has made more goals than any other player in League Two, is still not happy with his number of assists.
“I've got 16 assists so far this season but my target has always been 20 and hopefully I can get there in the games we have coming up,” said the winger.
“I got 19 last season so I wanted to better that this year and would like to think I still can.”