Southend United vs Scunthorpe United...
Southend United will host Stuart McCall’s Scunthorpe United this evening at Roots Hall in what is a crunch match for both sides.
Both teams come into the game off the back of defeats at the weekend and Blues will be desperate to arrest a winless run which has seen them fail to pick up a point so far in November.
The Iron are just the two points below Southend in the table and they too are in a poor run of form, losing their last three league games to Wycombe, Peterborough and Plymouth.
And with both set for Emirates FA Cup action this coming weekend, Chris Powell and his counterpart McCall will be keen to go into the second round off the back of a positive result.
Southend United: LWLWDL
Scunthorpe United: LWLWDL
27th January 2018: Southend United (Kightly, McLaughlin, Turner) 3 vs 2 (Hopper, van Veen) Scunthorpe United
23rd December 2017: Scunthorpe United (van Veen, Townsend, Turner OG) 3 vs 1 (Demetriou) Southend United
4th February 2017: Southend United (Fortune, Cox, Leonard) 3 vs 1 (Wallace) Scunthorpe United
Former Scunthorpe United striker Tom Hopper will miss the first opportunity to face off against his former side as he continues to recover from a serious knee injury.
Defender Michael Turner serves the final game of his three-game ban for a red card picked up against Blackpool, with fellow defender Harry Kyprianou out with an Achilles problem.
Long-term absentees Ben Coker, Harry Lennon and Sam Barratt remain unavailable, while Dru Yearwood may be rested having potentially not fully recovered from a hip problem.
Scunthorpe United will likely be without Funso Ojo tonight after the midfielder was forced off with a hamstring injury in the first-half of the Iron’s defeat to Portsmouth on Saturday.
Defender James Perch is available again after suspension, but Ryan Colclough, Jordan Clarke, Levi Sutton and Josh Morris are all out through injury.
Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:
“We know, and I know, that we have players and a squad capable of getting results at this level, but at this present time it isn’t happening, so we need to show a bit of character.
“It might even get harder before it gets better. We’ve all been there in different ways and at different levels and we know how great a game it can be when you win, but when you lose and you’re scratching around for points it can be tough.
“What you’ve got to do is still believe in yourself that you can be the one that makes a difference, believe in yourself as a team and a squad.”
Stuart McCall, Scunthorpe United Manager:
“Since Saturday, two more lads are unable to travel with us as well. We are depleted in numbers, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s not an excuse as Southend are in the same boat. We have to get on with it and do the best we can.”
“It’s maybe a case of needs must and we’ll look at what we have available. Ideally, we’d like to drip-feed Josh (Morris) back into it but he’s trained well again on Monday and we’ll look at who we have available. Josh will certainly travel with us, that’s for sure. He’s totally pain-free now and all his checks have come back clear.”
“It’s tougher for the fans who are going down there, that’s for sure. We’ll set off early morning, and check into a hotel in the afternoon. The lads will get a couple of hours’ sleep and will go for a walk and get a bite to eat. It’s part and parcel, and we’ll get on with it.”