I’LL SCORE A PAIR AT WEMBLEY
Tomlin says he won’t be satisfied with one
FOR most a goal at Wembley is all that dreams are made of but Southend’s leading scorer Gavin Tomlin admits he won’t be satisfied unless he bags a double against Crewe.
Tomlin has toiled in Non-League and had his share of disappointments, including the early termination of his contract at Brentford in 2007, but after firing 16 goals for the Shrimpers this season he’s in the form of his life.
Troublesome back and thigh injuries have plagued the 29-year-old though and had threatened his chance of playing in Southend’s first ever trip to the national stadium.
But a goal in Good Friday’s 2-2 draw with Bradford, Tomlin’s first start since January, looks to have earned him a starting place in what will be his debut at the national stadium.
“A goal will be great, but I think I’m going to score a couple actually so I can’t wait,” said Tomlin.
“I’ve never been to Wembley. It’s just another game for me but one I’m desperately wanting to win.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity to go to Wembley and win a medal – many professionals don’t get an opportunity to even go to Wembley, never mind win a medal, so that’s what I’m hoping to achieve. I’ve had an on-going injury throughout the season with my back, and recently my thigh.
“Hopefully my return can help give the lads a little bit of a boost on the pitch. I’ve got a hunger in me because I want to be back playing regularly and playing well.”
Ben Reeves, whose late goal saw off Leyton Orient in the southern area final, is hoping to shake off a quad problem and could replace Bilel Mohsni in the midfield.
Other than that Phil Brown is likely to stick with the same side that drew with Fleetwood last time out, meaning Tomlin keeps his place up front. And the former Yeovil and Dagenham & Redbridge striker intends to give those travelling from Essex something to savour.
“It’s unbelievable to have sold 30,000 tickets. I never realised the club had such a big following and such support,” added Tomlin.
“It will be a great day out for all the club’s supporters and hopefully we’ll win, especially with a few of my friends and family heading down.
“Nothing changes just because it’s a cup final though. We have prepared in the same way as we would in the league and are hoping for the right result.”
CREWE v SOUTHEND CREWE’S players will have an extra motivation for glory today – with
their thoughts with absent defender Adam Dugdale.
The Alex squad were rocked this week when were they
told of the tragic death of Dugdale’s new-born Jude son.
Dugdale was born on March 25 but it was announced on Friday had that he
passed away. A statement said: “The death sad
of the brave little lad has certainly put everything into perspective. The thoughts of everyone club at the
are with Adam, his part-ne r Nicola and all the family.” Fans will give a minute’s applause in the stands sixth in the
minute, commemorating Adam’s No.6 shirt. TWIN POWER: Gavin Tomlin reckons he is in for a pair against Crewe at Wembley