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Tuesday 21 February
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Sky Bet League One 13/14
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Overview

The Blues will have to put the disappointment of drawing with Northampton behind them quickly as they travel to the ABAX Stadium to take on Peterborough United this evening.

Saturday’s point was enough to lift Southend back into the play-off places and they’ll travel to Peterborough in good spirits having only lost two of their last 20 league games.

Peterborough go into this evening off the back of a 2-0 defeat away at Walsall which saw them lose a couple of key midfielders through suspension.

Grant McCann’s side have had an inconsistent couple of months since being knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup by Chelsea, only winning three of their last eight league games.

Form

Peterborough United: LWLWLL

Southend United: DWLWDW

One To Watch

With Peterborough missing a number of midfielders tonight, the man who will be looking to pick up the slack is play-maker Marcus Maddison.

Maddison is no stranger to scoring against the Blues either, scoring twice in his last three meetings with Southend including a 90th minute equaliser at Roots Hall back in October.

The 23-year old has been a key player for the Posh so far this season, making 39 appearances for Grant McCann’s side, and he has the ability to play in a number of attacking positions.

His attacking prowess means that he is certainly one for the Blues to look out for, with Maddison scoring seven times this season and providing 11 assists.

Last Three Encounters

1st October 2016: Southend United (Wordsworth) 1 vs 1 (Maddison) Peterborough United

16th January 2016: Peterborough United 0 vs 0 Southend United

5th September 2015: Southend United (Barrett, Hunt) 2 vs 1 (Maddison) Peterborough United

Team News

Will Atkinson will serve his final game of three-match ban for a red card picked up against Millwall, and Blues boss Phil Brown will also be without defender Anton Ferdinand.

Ferdinand limped off with a calf problem during Saturday’s draw with Northampton and is expected to be replaced by one of John White, Ryan Inniss or Adam Barrett.

Brown is likely to make further changes to freshen his side up as they face their fourth game in 10 days which may include deadline-day signing Theo Robinson making his full debut for the club.

Peterborough United will be without former Blues player Anthony Grant as well as Chris Forrester, with both missing tonight through suspension.

The Posh will also be missing Gwion Edwards through injury, but Grant McCann hasn’t ruled out an early return to the side for Michael Bostwick who had been out with a broken-jaw.

They Say

Phil Brown, Southend United Manager;

“All we’re looking at is consistency. If we can stay in the same vein of form that will get us in the Play-Offs, but it’s one game at a time.

“This is an important one with two away games on the horizon. Peterborough are in a tricky situation with two or three key players out.

“They have got goals in them. I remember going there last season and we went there with a clean sheet mentality. It’s the same this season, albeit I think we have more goals in the team.”

Grant McCann, Peterborough United Manager;

“Southend have had a similar season to us. People say they are having a good season, but if they are than so are we, as we can catch them with a win tomorrow.

“It’s a massive week for us with two home games against close rivals and if we can pick up the six points we will finish the week in a great position. Home games will be key between now and the end of the season.

“We have two six-pointers against Southend and Rochdale coming up, but they are games to enjoy and to look forward to, rather than fear.”

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