TOM Clifford has not been surprised by Southend United's recent improvements.

Following Tuesday's 2-1 triumph against Yeovil Town, the Shrimpers have now won back to back games for the first time this season and have been beaten just once in their last seven games.

But Clifford - who scored Blues' second goal against the Glovers - always felt Kevin Maher's side would start to string more consistent results together.

"Since the gaffer, Darren (Currie) and Benno (Mark Bentley) have come in we've looked a much better team and results are showing that now too.

"With the group we have I was always confident we would turn it around and I thought we dominated the game on Tuesday.

"But this has been coming."

Clifford has now started the last five games for the Shrimpers after recovering from the nasty ankle injury he sustained in pre-season.

And the left-back is relishing his return to action.

"I'm loving every minute of it now," said the 22-year-old.

"It was a tough four and half months or whatever it was me for me but it's just great to be back out there now."

Clifford posed Yeovil problems when attacking down the left-hand side and was also pleased to score his first goal of the season after tapping home a low cross from Matt Dennis.

"I didn't think it was going to come through to me," said the defender.

"I was waiting for the defender to shin it in but I was buzzing when it fell to me and I just had to make sure it went in."

Blues now sit seven points clear of the drop zone but Clifford is keen to keep on extending that gap.

"We're trying to climb the table as quickly as we can,” said Clifford.

“Our confidence is growing every week now and we have to keep going into the games the same way we have in the last few weeks.”