Portsmouth vs Southend United...
Blues are back on the road again this evening as they travel down to Fratton Park for the rearranged game against Kenny Jackett’s Portsmouth.
Boss Sol Campbell will be hoping for a welcome return to the south coast having made over 100 appearances for Portsmouth during a three-year spell which included winning the 2008 FA Cup.
But Kenny Jackett’s side won’t simply lie down for Campbell’s Blues, with Pompey looking to grab a third successive home win against tonight’s visitors.
Southend are currently without a win in their last seven league games, with their 1-0 victory over MK Dons back in September the last time Blues recorded maximum points.
There have been signs of improvement however since the arrival of Sol Campbell, especially so at the weekend when Southend were unfortunate to lose 1-0 away at Sunderland.
Portsmouth have twice let leads slip late on in draws against Oxford and Bristol Rovers, both of whom scored injury-time equalisers, with their last win coming against Lincoln a fortnight ago.
Saturday 16th February 2019
Southend United 3-3 Portsmouth
Cox 36’, (p)78’, 87; Morris 8’, Close 20’, Hawkins 31’
Simon Cox’s superb hat-trick helped Southend come from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 against Portsmouth at Roots Hall and earn a point which would prove pivotal come the end of the campaign.
Goals from Byrn Morris, Ben Close and Ollie Hawkins looked to have Blues beat but Cox would grab one before the break before scoring twice more in the second-half to complete the comeback.
Blues Team News
Midfielders Ethan Hamilton and Stephen McLaughlin will serve out the last of their three-game bans tonight following the red cards they picked up against Doncaster Rovers.
Rob Kiernan should be available again having missed out on Saturday’s trip to Sunderland. The defender didn’t make the journey to the North East after suffering from a migraine.
Blues continue to be without a number of other first-team players through injury, with the likes of Stephen Humphrys, Charlie Kelman, John White and Sam Mantom all still unavailable for selection.
John Marquis is arguably the one for Blues fans, and players alike, to keep an eye out for this evening and someone who is all too familiar to Southend United.
Marquis was a much sought-after commodity last season and was subject to a number of ‘significant bids’ from other clubs having been prolific in front of goal for Doncaster Rovers.
The 27-year-old striker scored against Blues both home and away last season and has grabbed three goals so far this campaign, the most recent of which was the winner in a 1-0 win over Lincoln.
Lee Swabey will be the man to take charge this evening at Fratton Park, being assisted by Conor Farrell and Ollie Williams whilst Sam Allison sits in as fourth official.
This will be the second time this season Swabey has officiated Blues, having previously been in charge of Southend’s 3-0 defeat to Rochdale back in August.
So far this season, the Devonshire referee has taken charge of 13 matches, showing 38 yellow cards and three reds, and last time out was at Gillingham for their 3-0 defeat to Rotherham.
Away Fans Guide
Fratton Park is one of the Football League’s grand old football grounds having been the home of Portsmouth for well over a century.
Blues fans making the journey this evening will find themselves situated in the Milton End which can hold almost 3,000 fans, with the stadium as a whole having a capacity of just over 21,000.
For more information on the ground, including info on travel directions, where to park and where to go for a pre-match drink, check out awaygames.co.uk’s guide by clicking here.
Tickets are not available to buy from Fratton Park tonight, so if you're planning on going to the game and haven't already bought a ticket you must do so before they come off sale at midday.
Any collections will be from the main reception located behind the ticket office on Carrisbrook Road upon arrival.
Watch LIVE on iFollow Blues
Tonight’s Sky Bet League One encounter will be available on iFollow Blues and will be streamed LIVE to international and UK Blues fans!
Match passes for the fixture are just £10 in the UK - £5 overseas – and give you the chance to enjoy the game from the comfort of your own home.
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