SEAN Clohessy believes shaking off a slight groin strain has helped him hit top form for Southend United.

The right-back, who signed on a free-transfer from Salisbury City during the summer, has looked far more assured in his last few outings.

And he puts that down to being able to play pain-free.

“I was carrying a slight groin injury at the start of the season but that’s ok now and I’m looking to kick on at the moment and play well in every game,” said Clohessy, 23.

“I feel like I’ve been doing well lately and I want to keep that going.”

Clohessy’s next test will be at Northampton Town tomorrow.

The Cobblers have made a slow start to the season and sit 19th in the standings.

But Clohessy is still expecting a testing afternoon at the Sixfields Stadium.

“From the reports we’ve heard they have been playing alright so it’s going to be tough, just like every game in this league,” said the defender.

“We’ve been playing well just recently though so we’re confident we can win.

“Our last few results have been good and I think we’ve played well in most of our matches.

“Certain elements hadn’t been top notch but we’re starting to get that together now and move up the table.”