Southend United vs Rochdale AFC...
Southend United host Rochdale at Roots Hall tomorrow afternoon hoping to see their long wait for a first league point finally come to an end.
Rochdale though aren't likely to be the team they would have wanted to face next, however, with The Dale having a pretty impressive recent record against Blues.
Tomorrow’s visitors have only lost one of their last eight meetings against Southend, and none in their last four, including doing the double over Blues last term.
Southend’s miserable August continued in midweek with a 4-1 defeat to MK Dons in the Carabao Cup, coming hot off the heels of Saturday’s 4-3 defeat away at Wycombe Wanderers.
Defeat to the Chairboys meant Blues’ wait for a league point continued with Kevin Bond’s side now having recorded five successive defeats at the start of their League One campaign.
Rochdale have been a tough nut to crack in the league, with one win, three draws and one defeat, and in midweek they beat Carlisle in the Carabao Cup to earn a trip to Old Trafford in the next round.
Saturday 27th April 2019
Rochdale 1-0 Southend United
Rochdale secured their League One status for another year as Ian Henderson scored the only goal of the game early in the second-half to record a 1-0 win over Southend at the Crown Oil Arena.
In wet and windy conditions, and with both sides knowing a win would keep them up, Ethan Hamilton’s strike was fumbled by Mark Oxley, allowing Henderson to tap in from close range.
Blues Team News
Manchester United loanee Ethan Hamilton looks set to face off against his former side this weekend having spent the second half of last season on loan at The Dale.
Nathan Ralph is doubtful for Saturday with a hamstring problem, while Jason Demetriou could make his first league appearance after starting the Carabao Cup tie against MK Dons in midweek.
Rob Kiernan is available if required having been an unused sub in the last two matches as John White continues his battle to be fit having sat out the midweek cup defeat.
The irrepressible Ian Henderson is always a danger, no matter who the opposition is, and 34-year-old Rochdale striker will no doubt be a threat to Southend once again on Saturday.
Henderson scored the winner with a typical poacher’s finish the last time the two teams met in April, forcing Blues’ relegation battle to go the final day while Dale’s place in League One was secured.
And this season, the Rochdale captain got off to a flyer by scoring twice against Tranmere Rovers on the opening before bagging one in the Carabao Cup against Bolton 10 days later.
Lee Swabey will be the man in the middle at Roots Hall tomorrow afternoon, being assisted by Anthony Da Costa and Oliver Jackson, with Matthew Lee standing in as the fourth official.
Swabey has taken charge of four matches so far this season, issuing 11 yellow cards and no reds, and last time out saw him referee the 0-0 draw between Shrewsbury and Burton last weekend.
Last time Swabey refereed at Roots Hall was on the opening day of the 2017/18 season when Blues memorably beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 thanks to goals from Ryan Leonard and Michael Kightly.
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