‘This could be the start of something’ - Revell

Goal joy: Alex Revell celebrates his strike at Southend on Friday.          Picture: Star Photographer
Goal joy: Alex Revell celebrates his strike at Southend on Friday. Picture: Star Photographer
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STRIKER Alex Revell believes the performance and result from Southend on Friday could be the start of something good - but only if they recreate what they delivered there starting against Accrington Stanley tonight.

“The way we played down there was excellent and if we can reproduce that it is going to give us more confidence and hopefully kick us on for the rest of the season,” said the striker who notched his ninth of the season at Southend.

“I’ve always maintained we have a very good squad here which should be top six, even top three.

“If we believe in ourselves, play like that, then we are going to win more than we lose.

“There was a togetherness about us and I hope we can take this performance into this next game. In fact, we need to do so.”

Revell noted that they went into the game having lost three on the trot.

“When you do that,” he said, “it’s sometimes hard to see any light. You start thinking ‘Is it going to be?’

“All of a sudden we were realising that we needed to start winning - and winning now. There was pressure on us to start winning.

“But one win can change the whole concept of a season although the thing now is to carry it on into our home form.”

The striker, who joined from Leyton Orient in September, said he felt the recent hard work would get a pay-off.

“For the last three weeks the training before games has been outstanding but we haven’t really taken that into the games which, really, is the most disappointing thing.

“But there was a confidence it would pay off and hopefully we can take it into the Accrington game.”

Tonight’s clash sees Accrington, in eighth, arrive three points ahead of the Millers who would go above them with a win.

Manager Andy Scott says they will no longer seek to look beyond the next game; the focus will be on that rather than on what they need to do to get where they want to be.

“Tonight is the most important game of the season and we shall now treat each game like that and not get ahead of ourselves,” said Scott.

“The players responded really well after the Dagenham defeat. What they took from that defeat was that they knew they had played well and they were desperate to get playing again, had the Torquay game called off and then Southend got the brunt of it.”

But he said the players knew Accrington would be tough opposition... “they are above us so that tells us what to expect,” said Scott.

Accrington’s game on Saturday with seventh-placed Oxford was frozen off. Their last outing was a 4-3 home win over Gillingham in which striker Michael Smith, on loan from Charlton, got a hat-trick.

At right back for them was Danny Coid who had a spell on loan with Rotherham last season.

Scott can hardly contemplate any change to his side after Friday’s performance and he will get chance to check the rest of his squad tomorrow when the reserves play Hull City at Parkgate (2pm).