SOUTHEND United striker Matt Rush is eager to prove his worth when Forest Green Rovers visit Roots Hall tonight.

The Shrimpers head into the game short of attacking options with Emile Acquah and Kazaiah Sterling both sidelined due to coronavirus restrictions.

But Rush is chomping at the bit to impress as he bids to successfully make the step up from age group football where he has scored more than 50 goals in the past two seasons.

“I’m always keen to get more first team football so when given the chance I will always try to impress and show my worth,” said Rush who came through the youth ranks at Roots Hall.

“I will continue to work hard and scoring goals is something I love doing so hopefully my first senior goal will be coming soon.”

Rush, who has made 15 appearances for the first team so far, will be looking to hit the back of the net against a Forest Green side who sit fifth in the League Two standings.

And the 19-year-old is expecting another tough test for Mark Molesley’s team “We are expecting a tough game,” said Rush.

“Forest green are a good team who like to have the ball but we know how we can hurt them and will be looking for a good performance and the three points.”

Blues remain bottom of the table but beat Walsall 1-0 last time out.

And Rush is keen for the Shrimpers to build on their first victory of the season.

“We are very keen to kick on now after the Walsall game,” said Rush.

“It was good to get our first win after a long wait but we need to be consistent now and that starts tonight.”