UNITED welcome Southend to Plainmoor on Saturday but the welcome will be limited to a comfortable dressing room and warm showers.
Everything that happens on the big patch of grass in the middle will be focussed on the Gulls becoming a horrible side to play against.
The Shrimpers are on a great run of form, while United have dropped to the bottom of the league and our route to recovery is based on being the hardest possible side for teams to play against.
‘’I watched them at Chesterfield on Saturday and they were real good value for the win,’’ said manager Alan Knill. ‘’They’re a good side but no different to anybody else in this division.
‘’I am sick of people telling me after games that we’re a good side and we caused them more problems than anybody else, you’re this and you’re that.
‘’That doesn’t put points on the board and I’d much rather have someone say we’re horrible to play against. If we can become more compact and stop conceding at ridiculous times, that gives you every chance of winning games.
‘’If we are competitive and solid, and resilient, it’s irrelevant who we are up against. You have to stay in the game and 1-0 down is still in the game but 2-0 is very difficult.
‘’We prepare for every game really well and the players know everything they need to know about the opposition. There are no real surprises when they go on the pitch and we also identify what we’re going to do.
‘’It’s tough at the bottom but the only way to get out of it, if you’re in a dogfight, is to fight first.’’