Southend United vs Peterborough United
Southend return to Roots Hall after back-to-back away trips as they entertain Peterborough United this evening and look to bounce back from successive defeats.
Blues have had a miserable time on the road of late, losing 3-0 to Wigan and 4-1 to Doncaster, and they’ll be happy to return home to Roots Hall where they’ve not lost in the league so far this season.
Tonight’s visitors Peterborough United travel down in a poor run of form themselves having not won any of their last four matches, including three successive defeats in the league.
They suffered a surprise 1-0 home defeat to Gillingham on Saturday but their impressive early form has them placed just one point outside the play-offs, four points above Southend.
Southend United: LLWWWW
Peterborough United: LDLLWD
21st February 2017: Peterborough United (Nichols) 1 vs 4 (Demetriou, Fortune, Wordsworth, Timlin) Southend United
1st October 2016: Southend United (Wordsworth) 1 vs 1 (Maddison) Peterborough United
16th January 2016: Peterborough United 0 vs 0 Southend United
Blues boss Phil Brown will be without the suspended pairing of Anton Ferdinand and Jermaine McGlashan this evening.
Ferdinand serves his second game of a two-game ban for his sending off against Doncaster whilst McGlashan saw red on Saturday against Wigan and will miss the next three games.
Michael Kightly returned to training this week and may feature, whilst Michael Turner closes in on a first-team debut after spending the entire season out so far with a hamstring problem.
The Posh are likely to be without Michael Doughty as he continues to struggle with a back spasm that made him miss the defeat to Gillingham.
Junior Morias is also unavailable as he continues to recover from a thigh problem, but Callum Chettle could return following a hamstring injury.
Phil Brown, Southend United Manager;
“Looking at the bigger picture these two important games, none more so than the first one of course, will define our season.
“What I want from these games is the pressure on myself and the players to actually keep a hold of the opportunity of hanging onto the shirt tales of the leaders, and I don’t mean the leaders as in Wigan, I mean the leaders as in the top six.
“You’ve got to be looking at winning your games at home, you’ve got to be looking to make sure that Roots Hall is a fortress, which we’ve made it.
“We haven’t been beaten at Roots Hall yet, and we’ve got to go into the game with the positive performance from the weekend, not the negativity of the result.”
Grant McCann, Peterborough United Manager;
“Always a tough place to go, Southend. We want to go there and try and win the game, we need to get back on track.
“We need to get back to what we’re good at. It’s taking time and I can say it’s slowly coming back but it will, we’ve got too good of a squad for it not to.
“The boys were in on Sunday, we had a good meeting on Sunday and we’ve had a good couple of days leading up to Southend."