ON LOAN Southend United midfielder James Olayinka is certain the Shrimpers have what it takes to work their way out of trouble.

Olayinka, who is with Blues from Arsenal, could not stop Mark Molesley’s side suffering a 2-0 defeat at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.

But he remains convinced things will soon start to improve.

“As a group we know we have quality,” said Olayinka.

“A lot of the games we haven’t been far off in and we’ve been right amongst it.

“Even though we’re feeling down now we have to pick ourselves up because no-one else is going to help us.

“We know if we stick to what the manager tells us then the results will come and we will start to climb up the table.”

And Olayinka feels Tuesday night’s clash with Oldham Athletic is an excellent chance for the Shrimpers to secure their first three points of the season.

“Tuesday is another good opportunity, against a team who are in and around us, to put in a good performance,” said Olayinka.

“But we need to be clinical and we need to keep the ball out. If we can do that then I’m sure we will get a result.”

However, Blues have struggled for points so far this season and have just two to their name after eight games.

And Olayinka is not used to being part of a struggling side.

“Coming from Arsenal we tend to win most of the games we’re involved in,”said the 20-year-old.

“Last year at Northampton it was success and this is a new experience for me.

“But there have been times at Arsenal where we’ve lost two or three in a row and it’s something all teams and players will go through in their careers.”

The Shrimpers’ latest setback came against Tranmere at the weekend.

But Olayinka was keen to point towards the positives of the performance.

“I thought we dominated the first half,” said the youngster.

“We forced them into two first half changes which is something you rarely see.

“But we’ve given another goal away from a wide free-kick and that’s something we’ve got to have a look at and be better at because that’s two games in a row now.”

The defeat kept the Shrimpers bottom of the League Two table.

But Olayinka cannot wait to be back in action against Oldham.

“When you’re on a run like this the next game can’t come quickly enough really,” said the midfielder.

“Tuesday is a chance to put it right and I’m sure we will do.”