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Southend United bidding for first home win over Burton Albion
MICHAEL Timlin wants to help Southend United secure their first ever home win over Burton Albion tonight.
Blues have failed to beat the Brewers in their two previous visits to Roots Hall.
And Timlin is hoping for a case of third time lucky this evening.
“We haven’t done too well against them in the last couple of years but hopefully we can tonight,” said the 27-year-old midfielder.
“It will be hard because Burton are doing well and I personally think they’re one of the teams to watch out for this year.
“They’ve just signed Luke Rooney from Swindon who is a very good player and they’re good at catching teams on the break.
“That’s something we will have to be wary of and if we have to make sure we apply ourselves properly if we are to pick up more points.”
Timlin will also be hoping to rediscover his best form to help Blues come out on the top.
The midfielder started the campaign without going through a pre-season training programme due to a shoulder problem.
And he feels that has affected the level of the performances.
“I started off well because I was getting through the games on adrenaline but that’s stopped now,” said Timlin.
“I’ve been feeling a bit sluggish and the games have caught up with me a bit but I thought that might happen because of missing pre-season.
“My fitness is actually OK but it’s just about getting that sharpness back and hopefully I can get through this spell and start playing well again – from tonight.”
Blues go in to the game on the back of a 1-1 draw at Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.
And Timlin now wants to build on that point.
“If we can get a win this evening then it makes the draw at Plymouth even better,” said Timlin.
“We might have been a bit fortunate to have gone in level at the break but we did well in the second half and deserved at least a point.”
Blues go in to the game sitting 11th in the League Two, three points from third.