Southend United vs Bury
Southend United head into the weekend looking to build on their 1-1 draw against Peterborough United in midweek as Lee Clark’s Bury visit Roots Hall tomorrow afternoon.
Blues are without a win in their last three matches, but Phil Brown took plenty of positives away from Tuesday night’s draw as Southend maintained their unbeaten home league record.
Bury were considered one of the promotion contenders going into the season but they haven’t made the best of starts this campaign and go into Saturday’s fixture inside the relegation zone.
Last time out they suffered a 2-1 defeat away at Blackpool but they carry a consistent threat up front in the form of Jermaine Beckford who already has nine goals to his name this season.
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Phil Brown will have his club captain Anton Ferdinand back and available for selection after the skipper missed the last two games through suspension.
The Blues boss also has Michael Kightly available again after he returned to full training following a hamstring injury which had seen him miss the last eight games.
Fellow midfielder Jermaine McGlashan is still suspended following his red card against Wigan whilst defender Harry Kyprianou also remains out as he continues to recover from a thigh problem.
Bury don’t have too many injury concerns with only Chris Humphrey unlikely to be available after he picked up a hamstring strain against Blackpool.
Jay O’Shea could return to the starting line-up having impressed from the bench in Bury’s last two outings. The striker had been out since the opening day of the season with a knee injury.
Phil Brown, Southend United Manager;
“Bury haven’t started the season as well as everyone has expected, certainly as well as they expected.
“I believe they have one of the most competitive budgets in the league. They decided to have a go for it but they find themselves struggling.
“Now is the time for us to bring our best game forward both defensively and with the ball and try and get that next win and keep that run at Roots Hall going.
“I expected them to be up there, but it doesn’t happen overnight, and they are still a dangerous team.”
Lee Clark, Bury Manager;
“We turned in some terrific performances in the last two games but only won one of them, so we need to get on a run of winning games. That’s the key for us now.
“We played some terrific stuff at Blackpool and deserved more than we got. We didn’t deserve to lose. But ultimately, we have so we have to put that right. We’ve got to dust ourselves down and go again on Saturday.
“Southend will be extremely tough. Phil Brown always has his teams well drilled, they’re hard-working and have some quality players. We have to be ready for that and show some courage."
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