SIMON Cox is desperate to fire Southend United back to winning ways against Doncaster Rovers this weekend - to repay the club’s loyal fans.

A group of Shrimpers supporters helped to clear snow from the Roots Hall pitch to ensure Saturday’s game with Walsall went ahead.

However, Chris Powell’s side suffered a shock 3-0 defeat against the Saddlers and Cox is keen to make amends.

“We all want to put right the performance and result from last week, especially for all the fans who gave up their time to get the game on,” said Cox.

“We were all really grateful for what they did but the way we played unfortunately didn’t show that so I think we owe it to them to do much better this weekend.”

The disappointing defeat to Walsall was the Shrimpers’ first since the appointment of Powell at the end of January.

And Cox feels Blues must get back to what makes them tick against Rovers.

“Since the manager came in we’ve been very hardworking and hard to beat and we have to be like that again if we are to beat Doncaster,” said the striker.

“We didn’t have that against Walsall, but we’re determined to not let it happen again.”

The Shrimpers go into Saturday’s game sitting 14th in the League One standings, one place and two points higher than Rovers.

But Cox insists Blues will not be gunning for revenge despite suffering a 4-1 defeat at the Keepmoat Stadium in early October.

“I think we were in a much different place then if I’m honest,” said Cox.

“We are in a good place now so I don’t think anyone will be thinking about that, but it would be nice to make sure we didn’t lose to the same team twice in a season.”