Fab is fighting fit for Southend

FABIAN Wilnis put himself forward for consideration for Saturday's Championship home game with Southend United after coming through last night's match unscathed.

By Elvin King

FABIAN Wilnis put himself forward for consideration for Saturday's Championship home game with Southend United after coming through last night's match unscathed.

The 36-year-old Dutch defender felt no reaction to the hamstring problem that has kept him out for three weeks.

He said today: “It was a bit sore this morning, but I came through 90 minutes OK and will be fit for the weekend.

“I only started full training on Sunday, so it was nice to get 90 minutes under my belt.

“These games are great for the fans, as they can see the players at close range.

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“And it was good to be playing our neighbours from across the field in our training ground.

“It was a difficult pitch, but in the first half we did well.

“After the interval a few wrong decisions were made, but it was a good work-out for the team - and for me personally.”

Billy Clarke, who scored his first goal since October, said: “Of course it was satisfying to get on the scoresheet again, and now I must get my head down and keep working hard.

“Francis Jeffers' arrival has added to the number of strikers at the club, and it means more competition.

“I may have slipped down the pecking order a little, but I have not lost any faith in my ability.”

Town are on course for a league and cup double as they lead the Pontin's Holidays Combination east section.

DARREN Currie has played two games in his ten-day trial with LA Galaxy.

Frank Yallop's side defeated Chicago Fire 2-1 at the Home Depot Center with the Ipswich Town midfielder coming on as a half-time substitute.

Currie, out of contract with the Blues in the summer, played 15 minutes last Saturday in a friendly 0-0 draw with New York Red Bulls.