Cresswell craves promotion

Ryan Cresswell is focused on Saturday's trip to Exeter as Southend get back to league matters and their promotion objective.

Last Updated: 11/01/13 at 14:03

Cresswell: Has serious goals

Cresswell: Has serious goals

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Shrimpers progressed into the area final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in midweek with a penalty shoot-out victory at Oxford, coming after they drew 2-2 with Brentford last weekend in the third round of the FA Cup, with the two sides set to go again on Tuesday for the right to host Chelsea.

But League Two is where the Essex club's main focus lies this season, and Cresswell is keen to get back on track at promotion rivals Exeter on Saturday after successive defeats over the festive period ended a 14-match unbeaten sequence.

"It's a big game, we get back to it in the league," the centre-back said. "Our main objective this season is to get promotion, the league is the main thing and we need to get back to winning ways and push on up that table.

"The league has always been the main priority and the lads know that. We know we're a good team, we can contend for the league.

"We just want to get back to winning ways and try to get another run going, like we did before. We know we can do it because we've done it. When the cup competitions come, we'll think about them then."

Exeter have won their last five consecutive away matches although their form at St James Park has been far from convincing, winning just one of their previous nine on home soil.

Cresswell added: "You can look at your stats and look at goals scored, goals conceded - it all depends on the day of the game.

"They're the home side, they'll obviously be the favourites, they've won their last five away. But their home record hasn't been the best, although that doesn't mean it's going to be an easy game for us.

"Saturday is going to be a big match, they're going to be up for it as much as we are because it's two teams chasing promotion. We just need to make sure we do the job and get out of there with three points."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

rodger's gusset
Arsenal interest in Sterling

T

he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

ricky villa
Hodgson: Barkley was brilliant

N

o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

badwolf
Townsend: I've silenced critics

Footer 365

De Gea: United 'cannot' fail

David De Gea says that Manchester United must qualify for the Champions League next season "no matter what".

Lucas ready to make an impact

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is looking to recapture what he considers his best form in two years after recovering from injury.

Mats Hummels denies promising to join Manchester United

Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has denied making any promise to join Manchester United.

Mail Box

Is This The End Of Ex-Players As Managers?

Do massive wages and cushty TV numbers signal the end of the ex-high-profile player turned manager? Plus Liverpool fans don't actually say the 'next year' thing...

A Solution For The Premier League's 39th Game...

One morning Mailboxer solves the 39th game conundrum. Plus England were actually alright, Harry Kane is rubbish again and do Arsenal have the most embarrassing fans?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company