Southend United boss Paul Sturrock praises Bilel Mohsni

Bilel Mohsni
Prior to Tuesday's win over Barnet, Mohsni's last start came in a 1-0 win over Gillingham on 13 September

Southend United boss Paul Sturrock has praised the versatility of defender Bilel Mohsni, saying he is capable of performing anywhere on the pitch.

The 24-year-old, usually a centre-half, made his first start in six weeks on Tuesday, scoring from the wing in .

"The lad's scored five goals this season," Sturrock told BBC Essex.

"For a centre-half who can play anywhere - we haven't tried him in goal yet - I'm pleased for him."

The Tunisian has played at centre-half, full-back, up front and on the wing already this season, notching his five goals in 13 appearances.

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Sturrock added: "It was a difficult position we asked him to play, but he went and played it, which is the beauty of the player."

Southend have dropped just two points in their last eight games and sit second in League Two, two points behind leaders Crawley.

And their form was reflected by the strength of their travelling support to Underhill, with 1,200 Shrimpers fans making the midweek trip.

"It's unbelievable," said Sturrock. "They're enjoying watching their team play, that's pleasing for me and long may it last."

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