Accrington Stanley vs Southend United...
Southend United will make the long trip up to Lancashire tomorrow afternoon as Chris Powell’s side face off against Accrington Stanley at the Wham Stadium.
Despite not picking up a win in their last five games, confidence in the Blues camp will have been boosted following that superb comeback against Portsmouth last weekend.
But John Coleman’s Accrington will no doubt be full of confidence also after picking up their first league win of 2019 in midweek, as they beat Oxford United at home in a 4-2 thriller.
That victory for Stanley, coupled with an impressive draw away at Sunderland last weekend, means Blues will face a stern test on the road as they look to complete a league double over their hosts.
Accrington Stanley: WDLDLL
Southend United: DLDLLW
15th December 2018: Southend United (Mantom, Cox, Robinson) 3 vs 0 Accrington Stanley
14th February 2015: Southend United (Corr) 1 vs 2 (Mingoia, Gornell) Accrington Stanley
9th August 2014: Accrington Stanley 0 vs 1 (Barnard) Southend United
Blues’ injury woes show no sign of abating as Chris Powell could be without up to 14 first-team players against Accrington, with Stephen Humphrys and Michael Kightly the latest to pick up knocks.
Kightly was withdrawn with a groin problem last weekend against Portsmouth and is unlikely to feature, with Humphrys facing a race to be fit after suffering a dead leg.
Dru Yearwood will be unavailable as he serves the final game of his three-match ban with fellow midfielder Michael Klass likely to feature having impressed against Pompey.
Accrington midfielder Sam Finley is available again for selection after he served out the fifth and final game of his five-match ban for an alleged stamp on Charlton’s Lyle Taylor last month.
Luke Armstrong will hope to build on his first goal for Stanley after notching in the midweek win over Oxford with Accrington hopeful Ross Sykes is available again after going off injured at Sunderland.
Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:
“The last two games has turned it around for them. They hadn’t scored since 2018 and they hadn’t won a game since Boxing Day, so it was good for their confidence winning against Oxford on Tuesday.
“Of course we have to go there and deal with everything. We know what it’s like there as a stadium, as a pitch, but they still play their way and they’ll be looking to get us back for the defeat against us earlier on in the season.
“It’s a game we’ll have to be ready for.”
John Coleman, Accrington Stanley Manager:
“There’s things that we’ve got to work on,” said Coleman. “We haven’t been ahead for quite a long time and then we go ahead in two games and we don’t handle it that well.
“That’s something that was a big strength of ours last year. I think we went through a spell where we went something like 28 games where we went ahead and won, so we’ve got to get back to that and not be scared to take the lead.
“We have to handle the pressure that comes when teams throw caution to the wind and know that we’ve got the ability, the expertise and the nous to be able to see games out."
Tickets will come off sale on Friday at midday. Unsold tickets will be sold on the day from the away ticket office - the blue cabin near to the away turnstiles, cash only.
Any tickets not collected by the off sale time and date will automatically be sent to Accrington for collection on the day in the same place that tickets are purchased from.