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ALL TO PLAY FOR

Posted on 26 January 2007  - 12:00

Ledley King insists there is still everything to play for when we make the short trip to the Emirates Stadium next Wednesday.

Ledley King insists there is still everything to play for when we make the short trip to the Emirates Stadium next Wednesday.SOUTHEND TICKETS ON GENERAL SALE

The absent skipper was a happy then frustrated onlooker like the rest of us as a two-goal lead was wiped out in the 1st leg of the Carling Cup semi-final against Arsenal at the Lane earlier in the week.

But, as he was quick to point out, the team are not in deficit and the 2nd leg effectively becomes a one-off knock-out tie with the winners travelling to Cardiff to take on Chelsea on February 25.

"After starting the game so brightly and getting ourselves into a 2-0 lead, you're always hoping to nick another one and keep a clean sheet," reasoned Ledley, who is currently sidelined with a foot injury. "That would have been the ideal situation.

"Fair play to Arsenal though, they are a good side and we couldn't get hold of the ball in the second half. They kept coming at us and the pressure told in the end.

"Finishing 2-2 is not a great result for us, but the players out there are the ones who have played the majority of the season, whereas the Arsenal players have not played so many games and looked fresher in the second half, to be honest.

"It was obviously a disappointing end to the game for us, but there is still all to play for.

"It is not over, there is one game now to see who goes through. We've got to go there and get a result, be positive - and that is what we'll try and do."