Glyn Hodges is expecting a difficult challenge at Southend United on Saturday, but he wants the players to show once again that they can play good attacking football at Roots Hall.
The Dons struck three goals in the first half an hour against Rochdale, before netting another three in midweek, and Glyn wants that positive approach to continue.
“We know what we’ve got to do, we’ve spoken about it,” said Glyn. “This is going to be a tough game, but also you’ve got to try and put your personality on the game. We’ve got some players who can get on the ball and play. We can’t be waiting for mistakes from the other team, we have to go and force the issue, so we will be set-up to do that.
“Every game is winnable anyway and on the back of two wins I’m looking forward to taking the team there and seeing what we can get. At Peterborough, the away fans were great and this is probably one of the local ones that they can get to a bit easier. They are great and we’ve just got to give them something to shout about. If we can put in a performance, I’m sure they will enjoy the afternoon and let’s hope we prevail.
“Today, I’ve had to do a bit more than I wanted to do because some are still tired, but you need a balance. There’s nothing wrong with playing midweek games. They come around thick and fast. The top teams play in midweek with Champions League games and the players go away on international duty. It’s a test for us, but one we enjoy.”
Glyn added that he has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Southend with only Luke O’Neill (calf), Adam Roscrow (thigh), and Rod McDonald (knee) out of action.
“The week has gone quickly. Sometimes it can drag, particularly with the results we were having before the win. With this week, you are basically preparing, playing, and recovering. Now we are preparing again, so it’s massive that the lads who did play on Tuesday get a bit of TLC from the physio room, which they are getting. They have to look after themselves and refuel so that they are firing on all cylinders for Saturday.
“Luke is having a scan, but he will not be back for a few weeks. Apart from Luke, it’s only Rod and Adam Roscrow that are not available.”
As we announced earlier, Marcus Forss will be in the squad after choosing to play for Wimbledon, rather than go away on international duty for Finland Under-21s.
Take a look below at the full video interview with Glyn.