Southend United vs Rotherham United
Southend United welcome promotion chasing Rotherham United to Roots Hall tomorrow afternoon with Blues hoping to snap their recent winless run which includes three successive draws.
Blues have been held by Doncaster, Rochdale and Blackpool in their last three outings, stretching Chris Powell’s run without a win to four matches.
Rotherham on the other hand have won four of their last six and are well and truly entrenched in the race for promotion, currently sitting fourth in the League One table.
With third-place Wigan nine points above the Millers, Rotherham sole goal is to keep their promotion rivals below them at arms-length with nine games of the season remaining.
Southend United: DDDLWD
Rotherham United: WLLWWW
12th August 2017: Rotherham United (Moore 3, Newell, Williams) 5 vs 0 Southend United
2nd March 2013: Southend United (Hurst) 1 vs 1 (Mullins) Rotherham United
13th October 2013: Rotherham United 0 vs 3 (Assombalonga 2, Martin) Southend United
Blues will be without their top-scorer Jason Demetriou as the full back is away on international duty with Cyprus along with Harry Kyprianou who has been called up to the Cypriot u21 side.
Demetriou’s absence means John White or Elvis Bwomono will fill in at full-back, while Anton Ferdinand may return to centre-half having missed last weekend’s draw through illness.
Michael Kightly was an unused sub against the Tangerines last time out, so he’ll be looking to return to the starting line-up while Rob Kiernan and Ted Smith remain out.
Rotherham will be without goalkeeper Marek Rodak as he’s away with the Slovakian u21 side, meaning Lewis Price is likely to make his first appearance since November.
Paul Warne will assess on-loan striker Caolan Lavery as he’s struggled this week with illness, but Darren Potter and Jamie Proctor will both miss out with Achilles and knee injuries respectively.
Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:
“It’s a good game for us because we like when we play against a side from the upper reaches of the league,” Powell said. “It tends to bring out the best in us.
“Rotherham will be trying to take care of their own situation but we will be looking forward to it.
“Everyone is fit and it’s a big game that everyone wants to be involved in."
Paul Warne, Rotherham United Manager:
“It was disappointing to have had back-to-back defeats, it is obviously not what we set out to do. We changed it again, and we played with much better shape.
“We had Matty Palmer in the middle, changed the wingers and I brought Josh and Bally back, and I think we played really well. We dominated the game and I thought that we were pretty comfortable.”