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Southend United's in form winger Kevan Hurst out to create more chances at Gillingham
KEVAN Hurst wants to continue creating chances for Southend United when they head to Gillingham tonight.
The in-form winger has helped to make six of Blues’ last nine goals.
And he is now seeking more of the same against the Gills.
“I’m feeling good again at the moment and hopefully I can create a few goals for the team at Gillingham tonight,” said the summer signing.
“I’ve always managed to have a few assists, especially from set pieces at my previous clubs, and I’m pleased to be doing the same again now.
“Having the likes of Mark Phillips, Ryan Cresswell and Britt Assombalonga in the box to aim at certainly helps and, touch wood, it can work again this evening because we’re in a very tough game.”
Gillingham currently top the table and remain unbeaten in the league.
But that does not concern Hurst who believes Blues can spring another surprise.
“They are on a great run at the moment but it has to end at some time so hopefully that can be against us,” said the 27-year-old.
“They’re doing well at the minute but we’re flying too. We’re going there having won our last four games and we’re full of confidence.”
Southend will again be without Neil Harris who missed out on facing his former side with a slight knee injury.
However, the striker does hope to be fit for Saturday’s game against Exeter City.
Ryan Leonard (hamstring), Freddy Eastwood (calf) and Luke Prosser (calf) are also out, while long-term absentee Barry Corr is not yet fit enough to return.
Goalkeeper Daniel Bentley has also been added to the squad as cover for Paul Smith after Cameron Belford returned to Bury after completing his month-long loan spell with Blues.
Southend United (from): Smith, Clohessy, Phillips, Cresswell, Barker, Hurst, Spicer, Timlin, Martin, Tomlin, Assombalonga, Benyon, Njie, Straker, Bentley, Woodyard & Coughlan.