Blackpool vs Southend United
Blues make the long trip up to Blackpool tomorrow afternoon looking to put an end to their three-game winless run with three points against Gary Bowyer’s Tangerines.
Southend travelled to Rochdale for their rearranged game in midweek and recorded a second successive 0-0 draw after a stalemate against Doncaster Rovers last Saturday.
Their hosts though go into this one off the back of a 1-0 home win against Charlton Athletic, secured with an injury-time winner from their captain Jimmy Ryan.
The Tangerines sit one place below Southend in 14th in the table and will be looking to secure a second straight win which would see them leapfrog Chris Powell’s Blues.
Southend United: DDLWDW
30th September 2017: Southend United (Wordsworth, Cox) 2 vs 1 (Vassell) Blackpool
2nd April 2016: Blackpool (Cullen, Blyth) 2 vs 0 Southend United
21st November 2015: Southend United (Thompson) 1 vs 0 Blackpool
John White is back in training with Blues and may return to the squad after recovering from an ankle injury that has seen the centre-half out since early February.
Simon Cox sat out the draw against Rochdale in midweek, so he’ll be looking to return to the starting line-up, as will Stephen McLaughlin who came on as a second-half substitute at Spotland.
The Southend squad all came through the midweek stalemate against Rochdale unscathed with only long-term absentees Ted Smith and Rob Kiernan missing for Chris Powell.
Blackpool will have to make do without striker Nathan Delfouneso after the former Aston Villa striker had to be stretchered off during their win over Charlton on Tuesday night.
Delfouneso went down after a serious clash of heads with Lewis Page in the 17th minute of the match and will miss Southend’s visit as Blackpool follow their concussion protocols.
Kelvin Mellor is also sidelined for Gary Bowyer's side with ankle ligament damage.
Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:
“It is something I have to balance, do it right, because there’ still ten games to go - ten very important games - thirty points. We need to get as many as we can.
“We’ve managed to get fifteen points from 24 available and I want us to do that again in the next eight, nine, ten games because it’s important that we finish with a flourish - finish well and show the fans that this season won’t peter out.
“It can, anyway - because there is too much to play for. We are right in the middle of it more or less, we need to make sure the season doesn’t just fizzle out - there’s still many important games and issues to be dealt with here.”
Gary Bowyer, Blackpool Manager:
“I’ve got a lot of time for Chris [Powell], when he was Huddersfield manager I came across him a couple of times when I was at Blackburn and I’m delighted he’s back in the game.
“His teams always try and play the right way and he’s got an experienced team there so we know the challenge the lies ahead on Saturday for us.”