After three consecutive home wins, it’s a good time for Southend United to be in the midst of three successive games at Roots Hall.
Wins over Millwall in Sky Bet League One and Brighton in the Checkatrade Trophy were followed by Tuesday night’s 2-1 win over Oxford United in the league.
That result banished memories of the 4-0 defeat away to Northampton Town last weekend and has given Blues something to build on.
Manager Phil Brown has called upon the same commitment which yielded three vital points in midweek to be replicated against a Peterborough United side who are without a league victory in five games.
Despite being ten places higher in the table, only two points separate the sides, so the incentive is there for Blues to get that fourth home win on the bounce.
One To Watch
Versatile midfielder Marcus Maddison has the ability to cause problems for Southend.
The former Gateshead man tends to play from the wing using his pace and trickery to dazzle defenders.
He has four goals so far this season following on from his most productive campaign of 13 goals last season.
All the reports of Maddison’s performances this season point to him being the danger man.
Last Time We Met
16 January 2016: Southend United 0-0 Peterborough United
The treatment table appears to be clearing at Boots and Laces with Michael Timlin and Nile Ranger the only two with lingering problems.
Blues also strengthened the squad this week, bringing in striker Marc Antoine-Fortune. The former West Brom and Celtic striker is available to make his debut against Posh.
Peterborough are without Ryan Tafazolli who was sent off in midweek, as well as Jermaine Anderson, Lee Angol and Brad Inman who are long term absentees.
They SayPhil Brown:
“I don’t think the change of management (at Peterborough) has changed their style of play at all.
“They play in a diamond formation with a lot of good footballers in there and defensively we’ve got to be organised and solid.
“And when we regain the ball against Peterborough I expect us to keep the ball a little bit better.”
"Southend have had a couple of decent results in the last week or so and will be full of confidence, but so are we.
“We are playing well at the minute, we just need to start making that dominance count in front of goal.
"I think apart from the Bradford game and possibly the trip to Oxford, we have been on top in all of the games that we have played. We know that we should have collected more points than we have, but we are working hard to achieve what we feel we deserve from games."
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