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Match Preview


Posted Fri 17 Feb 17

BIG PREVIEW | Southend vs Northampton


The Blues welcome Northampton Town to Roots Hall tomorrow afternoon off the back of a superb 2-0 win away at Oxford United on Tuesday night.

Having lost to Millwall last weekend, the win at the Kassam was the perfect response and the squad will be confident of grabbing another vital three points when Northampton arrive on Saturday.

Justin Edinburgh’s Northampton themselves go into this weekend off the back of a midweek win as a late goal from John-Joe O’Toole sealed a 2-1 victory against struggling Swindon Town.

The Cobblers have won three of their last six in the league and will be looking for a repeat of the reverse fixture between the two side from September which Northampton won 4-0.


Southend United: WLWDWL

Northampton Town: WWLWLL

One To Watch

Certainly one to keep an eye out for on Saturday will be the experienced Matthew Taylor who, despite being in the twilight years of his career, is still a danger to opposition defences.

Taylor has scored some spectacular goals in a storied career which has seen him play over 100 times each for Luton Town, Bolton Wanderers and Portsmouth.

After helping Burnley win the Championship and promotion back to the Premier League last season, Taylor turned down offers from other Championship clubs to move to Northampton and be closer to his family in Oxfordshire.

This season the former West Ham and England u21 midfielder has scored six goals and provided 11 assists in 34 appearances for the Cobblers.

Last Three Encounters

24th September 2016: Northampton Town (O’Toole, Revell (p) Taylor, Anderson) 4 vs 0 Southend United

3rd January 2015: Northampton Town (D’Ath) 1 vs 1 (Coulthirst) Southend United

29th November 2014: Southend United (Corr (p), Worrall) 2 vs 0 Northampton Town

Team News

Will Atkinson will be unavailable again on Saturday as he serves the second game of a three game ban after his red card against Millwall last weekend.

Striker David Mooney is back in contention after coming through 65 minutes of a practice match in midweek, but Mark Oxley and Stephen McLaughlin remain on the sidelines.

Northampton defender Gabriel Zakuani and striker Alex Revell have both been out with muscle injuries but are expected to be available on Saturday.

Brendan Moloney though is still recovering from a knee injury and is unlikely to be fit in time for selection this weekend.

They Say

Phil Brown, Southend United Manager:

“Come Saturday it will be a tough game. Justin Edinburgh is in town for the third time this season, albeit with a different side.

“I think that having looked at Northampton a couple of times, he is playing a diamond formation, he’s playing trying to get it up to the front men early, but lay from there.

“They have got threats and we’ve got to be aware of those threats. But the confidence we are showing at the moment and certainly the belief from Tuesday night’s victory.

“Back-to-back victories would put us in a great position.”

David Kerslake, Northampton Town Assistant Manager;

“Phil Brown always has his teams well organised, they will be hard working and physical but I think we can match that and try and go beyond it.

“Momentum is the key word for us, we are in a decent bit of form and there is a good feeling around the place. The group is together and I don’t see why we can’t go to Southend and do well.

“When you are on a bad run and you take the lead the natural tendency is to sit back to try and see the game out. We are trying to change that mentality and I think that is starting to work.”