Southend United vs Oldham Athletic
Southend and Oldham will try to make the most of their early exits from the Emirates FA Cup as they face off for valuable league points tomorrow afternoon at Roots Hall.
With the vast majority of the division in cup action this weekend, tomorrow’s match gives both sides the chance to cash in their game in hand and try to climb the table.
Blues can break into the top 10 with a win which would put daylight between themselves and the bottom four, with Oldham sitting just two points behind them in the table in 17th.
Both sides go into the game off the back of successive draws with Blues held 1-1 against both MK Dons and Oxford, whilst the Latics drew their last two 0-0 against Gillingham and AFC Wimbledon.
Southend United: DDLWLW
Oldham Athletic: DDWWLL
1st April 2017: Southend United (Ranger, Robinson, Wordsworth) 3 vs 0 Oldham Athletic
17th December 2016: Oldham Athletic 0 vs 2 (Ranger, McGlashan) Southend United
19th April 2016: Southend United 0 vs 1 (Main) Oldham Athletic
Michael Timlin is suspended for Blues after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Oxford, which will give the likes of Stephen Hendrie or John White the chance to fill in at left-back.
Anthony Wordsworth should be available again after he returned to training having missed the last two games, whilst Harry Kyprianou also nears a return following a thigh injury.
Oldham have a suspension of their own with defender Anthony Gerrard missing out on Saturday’s trip to Roots Hall after his fifth booking of the season against Gillingham.
Gerrard’s exclusion means a likely return to the starting line-up for former Blues man Peter Clarke who spent three years at Southend before moving to Huddersfield Town in 2009.
Phil Brown, Southend United Manager:
“They’ve won two, lost two and drawn two of their last six games, with two 0-0 draws, but both managers that I’ve spoken to about them 0-0 draws say how much Oldham are playing open and expansive football.
“He’s [Wellens] demanding that of his team. The last two games they’ve played, albeit have brought two points like we have, they have dominated possession, quality of pass, quality of ball in the final third, quality of cross etc, but so have we.
“There are certain things about the game that we have to be aware of, but certain things about our game that I’m more than aware of which is the creativity side of things.”
Richie Wellens, Oldham Athletic Manager;
“It’s important because no one else is playing, we’ve got a chance to make three points on everyone around us.
“We’ve had 13 games, 10 in the league and lost one so the performance levels are there, like I’ve said sometimes you can’t control the result, strikers can miss chances and there can be a defensive mistake.
“Performance levels you can concentrate on and if you get them right you can pick up a lot more results.”