Southend United boss Kevin Maher believes ex-Blues manager Mark Molesley made Aldershot hard to beat

SOUTHEND United boss Kevin Maher believes former Blues manager Mark Molesley will make Aldershot tough to beat on Tuesday night.

Molesley has won seven of his 20 games in charge of the Shots since his appointment in September.

And Maher is preparing for another tough test at the EBB stadium.

“We’ve seen them play and you can tell they’re very well trained,” Maher said.

“Mark made them work well and he’s a really good guy.

“I met him once or twice with the 23 and people here say the same about him.

“But we’ll have to be on it to get a result and we can’t afford to give up at all.

“I’ve been to one or two of their games and they’re still staged, so it’ll be a real test, but it’s also one we’re looking forward to.”

Molesley captained the Blues between August 2020 and April 2021 but won just eight times in 45 outings during a difficult period in the club’s history.

The 40-year-old is now looking to rebuild his managerial career at Aldershot and the early signs are promising.

But, much like Aldershot, the Blues have also started to improve in recent weeks and come into tonight’s game after three straight wins.

However, Maher isn’t reading too much into recent results.

“We’re in decent shape, but nobody’s getting carried away,” Maher said.

“We got some decent results doing the basics well and doing things at the highest level with and without the ball.

“We have to continue like this because it’s easy to come off and then come unstuck.

“We are delighted with the three wins but there is a lot of work to do.

“Aldershot will be a tough game and we will have to be organized to get there.

“They also had a good result at the weekend, drawing at Chesterfield, so it’s a tough game but it’s a game we’ll be ready for.”

The Blues’ wins moved them to 18th in the standings, just one place and one point behind Aldershot with two games less.

The Shrimpers have right-back Jason Demetriou available again after missing Friday’s 2-1 win over King’s Lynn with a one-game suspension.

And Maher is happy with the added competition for places.

“We are in a better place now than when we came back in October,” the Blues boss said.

“There’s good healthy competition now and that’s good for everyone.”

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