Southend United vs Oxford United...
Blues bounce into Saturday full of confidence having made it three wins from three in midweek and they’ll be looking to make it four in four when they host Oxford United at Roots Hall tomorrow.
Tuesday night’s win on the road at Burton Albion was a big statement of intent from Chris Powell’s side who came from behind for the first time this season to claim all three points.
And they’ll be confident of keeping their run going against an Oxford United side who have lost five of their last six in all competitions, including a last-gasp defeat at home to Luton in midweek.
Karl Robinson’s side have just the one league win so far this season and find themselves in the relegation zone at this early stage, and they will want to turn their fortunes around quickly.
Southend United: WWWLLW
Oxford United: LLLLDL
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Blues midfielder Sam Mantom has been declared fit for the weekend having been rested in midweek following a couple of niggling injuries.
Dru Yearwood – who took Mantom’s place in the side against Burton – is being eased back into action by Chris Powell so he may return to the bench in place of the former Scunthorpe man.
Harry Lennon is closing in on a return but is still a week away from competitive action, Luke Hyam is still out, while Harry Bunn is doubtful as he tries shaking off a heel problem which has kept him out of the last three matches.
Shandon Baptiste is suspended for the U’s after picking a one-match ban for a red card in the midweek defeat to Luton Town.
Goalkeeper Simon Eastwood returned to training this week along with on-loan midfielder Marcus Browne, with long-term absentee Rob Hall still out with a knee injury.
Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:
“Now, for me, getting a result and a win at home in front of our fans would really crown and top off a really good week because we’ve had two away trips.
“We need to do it in front of the fans at home, I think it would be fabulous if we could do that and we’ll be digging deep to do that.”
Karl Robinson, Oxford United Manager:
“Things have happened beyond our control but you get that and we have to make sure we wear that shirt with pride on Saturday and in every game and enjoy what we do.
“The Southend fans are good at Roots Hall and Chris Powell is a top man, so it will be difficult. But they are all difficult, aren’t they? So why not roll our sleeves up, roll with the punches and give it everything we have got.”