Gavin Tomlin predicts Southend United change of fortunes

Gavin Tomlin

Southend forward Gavin Tomlin insists confidence in the squad has not been affected by losing all three games at the start of the new season.

Following a 4-0 defeat by Championship side Peterborough in the Capital One Cup, the Shrimpers were beaten by Accrington and Oxford in League Two.

"Confidence is high, it's football, you're going to lose games," he said.

"It's what you do from that that will get you where you want to be, the top end of the league."

The club have not been at full strength so far with fellow striker Freddy Eastwood struggling to shake off an injury, prompting boss Paul Sturrock to bring in teenager Britt Assombalonga from Watford on loan.

"It's a difficult league, none of the games are going to be easy, as we saw from Accrington at home," 29-year-old Tomlin told BBC Essex.

"We've just got to dig in and we'll be up there."

He moved to Roots Hall from Dagenham & Redbridge last month and has already earned the praise of Sturrock for his energetic performances.

"He's been a plus for us so far this season, his vitality and everything else - it's trying to find a partner for him (that is an issue)," said the Scot, following Tuesday's 2-0 loss at Oxford.

Despite his manager's endorsement, Tomlin described his contributions so far as merely "OK".

He added: "I need to be more ruthless in front of goal but that will come."

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