SOUTHEND United boss Kevin Maher has called on the in-form Matt Dennis to shine for the Shrimpers on a consistent basis.

The on loan Norwich City striker heads into Tuesday's match with Yeovil Town having scored three goals in his last three games.

But Maher wants Dennis to keep on impressing.

“Matt has done it for the last two games and after coming on against Dorking as well but we’re expecting more of the same now and that’s the next challenge for him,” said Maher.

“He needs to do it on a consistent basis and keep his shirt.

“Everyone who played at Weymouth at the weekend has done well but there are people pushing behind them too to get starts and there are one or two we will consider.”

Maher opted for a three man attack on Saturday, with Rhys Murphy and Sam Dalby also being selected.

Murphy - who faces his former team tomorrow night - has now gone four games without a goal for just the second time this season while Dalby has not netted in his last two outings.

But Maher is certain the duo will soon be back among the goals.

“They’ve been the ones scoring for us for most of the season so there’s no extra pressure from me on them scoring,” said the Blues boss.

“If they don’t score and we still get the result then that’s fine too because the result is always the most important thing.

“They’ve all been contributing and have played a massive part in the last few games.

“We’re expecting the same on Tuesday but that’s from everybody.”

The Shrimpers will again be without Jack Bridge, who has been sidelined by Covid.

But Maher is hopeful the winger - who has not played since November due to a knee problem - will soon be back in action.

“It’s just too soon for Bridgey but fingers crossed it won’t be too much longer,” said Maher.

“He has had a period out injured as well so we will have to assess him when he’s back in the building.”

Abu Ogogo (heart issue), James Dunne (ankle) and Simeon Akinola (knee) are all still sidelined.