Tilson before Leeds United

09 April 2010 07:14
Both managers involved in Saturday's clash at Elland Road have commented on Shrimpers staff not being paid on time, and the pressure that places on the side. Tilson: Blues boss Steve Tilson has enough on his plate trying to get eleven fit players to compete on the Leeds pitch at the weekend, but at least they've been paid at last, for last month!Tilly told BBC Essex: "We've been paid February's money this week, so only March is outstanding at the moment. The chairman is trying to sort that out over the next week or so. I've said it many times, this short-term thing is a problem, there's no doubt about it"(The full text of Tilly's interview is available here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/southend_utd/8610755.stm)However, the club have to get on with the daunting task of trying to gain vital points in their fight to escape the dreaded drop, from a team that had slipped out of the top two automatic promotion places after many months, but won on Easter Monday at Yeovil to halt the slide.Tilly continued to www.southendunited.co.uk: "It does surprise me Leeds have struggled lately because they have a big squad with quality players. But this game is about as tough as it gets for us and we need to pick ourselves up and be ready."Once again the Shrimpers manager has to do without several members of an already small squad but believes even with just six games left escape is still possible. He concluded: "We have three home games left against Brentford, Brighton and Stockport which we need to win and Oldham away as well. Leeds will be extremely tough but there would be no better place to turn things around and if we get anything there it will give us all a huge boost." Grayson:Whites boss Simon Grayson must have been wondering if he was still going to be in a job after Easter where the Glovers game faced their fifth successive defeat before grabbing the three points.Even so, losing to Southend would be their third on the trot at home, but pressure, what pressure? Grayson spoke to www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk: "Pressure is an amazing thing; it can do strange things to people. We've had to cope with it all season and I'd like to think the players can deal with it. I've a genuine belief we can still put things right. We've got enough good players to go and win the next six games."The former Blackpool manager believes making sure your mortgage is paid is where events can get on top of you.Grayson continued: "The pressure for Southend players is going home and not being paid. You always play with some sort of pressure at Elland Road for Leeds United, but when you are not getting paid at the end of the month, that's pressure."