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Michael Timlin feels Southend United are under pressure to beat Wycombe Wanderers
MICHAEL Timlin feels Southend United are under pressure to record their first win of the season when they host Wycombe Wanderers at Roots Hall tomorrow.
Timlin is set to return from a one match suspension in Blues’ midfield.
And he insists it is imperative Paul Sturrock’s side come out on top.
“I think we massively need to put pressure on ourselves this Saturday to get a result against Wycombe,” said Timlin, 27.
“I think it’s a massive game for us and we have to make sure we put things right.
“We have to look at ourselves and make sure that we start the right way and hopefully we can put in a good performance.
“Even if that is not a win then we have to make sure it is a good display as it is important to show the fans we are doing the right things.”
Southend have so far claimed just one point from their opening three games of the season.
But, as Timlin bids to help Blues increase that tally, he will be watching how he tackles.
The former Swindon Town man was sent off after being shown two yellow cards inside the opening 27 minutes at Oxford United in his last game.
And he is keen to avoid a repeat after admitting it was his fault he was dismissed at the Kassam Stadium.
“The second yellow card was stupid and clumsy from me to put myself in a position to warrant another booking,” said Timlin.
“I took that on the chin as it was my own fault, but I have to ensure I am careful from now on.”
However, the one match suspension did enable to Timlin to work on his fitness after he rushed back from a shoulder injury to start the opening game of the season against Accrington.
“In a funny way the ban was probably a blessing in disguise as it has helped me get another week or two of training in,” confessed Timlin.
“When I played Accrington I had only trained two days so I am looking at it in a positive way.
“I have been able to do some more training a rehab which should hopefully make me stronger.”
As a result, Timlin should start against the Chairboys but there are doubts over David Martin (ankle) and Freddy Eastwood (calf)