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VAN VEEN LOOKS FORWARD TO SHRIMPERS CHALLENGE

9 September 2016

Dutchman Kevin van Veen says he’s relishing the prospect of facing Southend United at Glanford Park on Saturday.

The striker is expecting a tight affair, and believes patience may be required, but at the same time has the confidence there’s more than enough firepower in the side to breach the Shrimpers’ backline.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD, van Veen said: “I’m really looking forward to the game on Saturday because we obviously lost the game against Port Vale, and we need to put things right. The whole team wants to do that, so I’m definitely looking forward to it.

“From what I remember they’ll come to Glanford Park and try to make the spaces small. They know we’ve scored a lot of goals from all over the pitch, so they’ll want to stop that."

United were out of action last Saturday due to opponents Charlton receiving three international call-ups.

For van Veen though, the break benefited the squad and he feels it’ll lead to a fresher, much improved performance against Phil Brown’s men.

“A break is a break and means your body can rest up again. For the team I believe it came at the right time,” he stated.

“We feel strong and fit, which means that we can go on Saturday with full pressure right from the off."

A win for the Iron this weekend could see them rise to as high as second place in the League One standings, if results go in their favour.

The 25-year-old doesn’t think there’s much need to pay attention to what United’s competitors are doing however, and emphasised the value of sustaining the near faultless home form of late.

“If you look at last Saturday’s results, there were a lot in our favour - a few teams lost,” he explained.

“It’s still early stages of the season, but I think if we win this Saturday and then the game in hand (against Charlton Athletic) we’ll go second place.

“We need to keep winning our home games, and not focus too much on whether other teams are winning or losing. We need to focus on ourselves, and I believe we’ve got a really good squad to win a lot of games this season."

See much more from Kevin van Veen, Graham Alexander and Josh Morris on the Iron PlayerHD.

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