Peterborough United vs Southend United
Southend United travel to the ABAX Stadium tomorrow afternoon to take on Peterborough United, as they look to build upon last weekend’s dramatic 3-2 win over Scunthorpe.
Michael Turner’s injury-time winner in Chris Powell’s first game as Blues boss was Southend’s first win since Boxing Day and they’ll be in for a stern test against Grant McCann’s Posh.
Peterborough will want to quickly put to bed last weekend’s 5-1 loss to Leicester City in the Emirates FA Cup and they’ll want to ensure that there’s no hangover from that defeat.
Especially so as the hosts still have their sights set firmly on the play-off places with just four points separating them from 6th-placed Rotherham, with a game in hand.
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21st February 2017: Peterborough United (Nichols) 1 vs 4 (Demetriou, Fortune, Wordsworth, Timlin) Southend United
Chris Powell delivered on his promise to bolster his squad before the trip to Peterborough with the signing of three players on transfer deadline day.
Strikers Shayon Harrison and Freddie Ladapo go straight into Powell's squad for Saturday as the Blues boss considers making changes.
Midfielders Josh Wright and Anthony Wordsworth continue to recover from hamstring and calf problems respectively, with long-term absentees Rob Kiernan and Ted Smith are still out and Blues' new signing Sam Manton remains out while he receives treatment for an ankle injury.
The Posh also brought in reinforcements before the transfer window closed with Omar Bogle joining from Cardiff so he may feature, while Gwion Edwards remains out with an ankle injury.
Peterborough though will be able to call upon George Cooper and Joe Ward again after both were unavailable for last weekend’s cup tie against Leicester having been cup-tied.
Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:
“Everyone likes a last minute goal, a winner, an unlikely hero - but somewhere for us to start. It’s important that we got points on board early because we know the next game against Peterborough, and then obviously our next home game is against the league leaders [Wigan Athletic].
“They [Peterborough] have a very open style of playing, it suits the players that they have. Even though it was a tough result for them against Leicester, in what is a local derby, they will be focused on this.
"They are in a decent position, plenty of points and games. I think they will absolutely go for it.”
Grant McCann, Peterborough United Manager:
“They’ve got a good squad, a very experienced squad and he’s [Chris Powell] strengthened well. They’re a squad who are probably in a false position really; they shouldn’t be anywhere near where they are in the league but they showed what they can do when they play.
“Last week against Scunthorpe, I thought they were very good, looked organised. Conceded a couple of sloppy goals but after that, they had the belief and the willpower to go and win the game so we know it’s a tough game.
“It’s happened to us a few times this year where a team has come to us with a new manager after one or two games but we need to focus on ourselves. We need to make sure we perform, and we have done in the previous six games, and we need to make sure we continue that again.
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