Shrewsbury Town vs Southend United
Blues face another stern test on the road this evening as they travel to Greenhous Meadow to take on table-topping Shrewsbury Town.
Paul Hurst’s Shrews were one of the pre-season relegation candidates but have surprised many with their start to the season which sees them head the table after six games.
It’s been five wins and one draw so far for Shrewsbury which is in stark contrast to Southend’s early season form which has seen Blues fail to win since the opening day.
Following Saturday’s defeat Phil Brown says he expects a response from his players and will no doubt want revenge on the side that all but ended their play-off hopes back in April.
Shrewsbury Town: WWWDWW
Southend United: LDLDDL
22nd April 2017: Shrewsbury Town (Brown) 1 vs 0 Southend United
29th October 2016: Southend United (McLaughlin) 1 vs 1 (El-Abd) Shrewsbury Town
2nd February 2016: Shrewsbury Town (Mangan) 1 vs 2 (Atkinson, Hendrie) Southend United
Phil Brown will be checking on the fitness of both Michael Kightly and John White ahead of tonight’s game as both picked up knocks against Charlton at the weekend.
Nile Ranger is set to miss out as will Ben Coker, Michael Turner, Anthony Wordsworth and Rob Kiernan who are all missing through injury.
The Shrews will be without Niall Ennis due to a long-term knee injury whilst midfielder Bryn Morris is unlikely to feature having returned to training just this week following a knee injury of his own.
Norwich City loanee Carlton Morris will also be missing for Paul Hurst’s side as he recovers from a hamstring strain.
Phil Brown, Southend United Manager;
“We’re going into a little bit of the unknown because I didn’t expect Shrewsbury to be where they are. At the same time, I know the manager is a tough cookie who gets his teams playing that way.
"We’re nearly a good team, but nearly a good team isn’t good enough for me. I want my team to be expressing themselves a little bit more and playing a little bit more football. I want to be getting into the final third and then finishing things off.
“A victory at the league leaders, at a club that is going well, is all well and good but there’s a lot of hard work to be done tomorrow night.”
Paul Hurst, Shrewsbury Town Manager;
“I’m not trying to scare them when I say that Southend probably should have got something at Charlton, but words are words and actions speak louder, and tomorrow night they’ve got to put that into practice.
“If they’re not confident now then I’m not sure they ever will be, so from that point of view they should be in a good place, but Saturday’s gone and we are onto the next one.
“If we have a heavy defeat at home tomorrow night then that is what we are talking about, not beating Wigan. From that point of view, we can only effect the future and the next one is Southend.”