Shrewsbury Town vs Southend United...
Southend United travel to Shropshire this evening looking to build on their first point of the season as they take on Shrewsbury Town at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.
The home of The Salop hasn’t been a happy hunting ground as of late for Southend with the last three visits by Blues resulting in three defeats and not a single goal being scored.
But with Southend now up and running in the league, it feels like there’s no time like the present for Blues to pick up their first away win against Shrewsbury since 2016.
Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Fleetwood saw Southend pick up their first league point of the campaign and ended a run of six straight league defeats.
Blues’ miserable recent form had seen them lose eight of their last nine matches in all competitions prior to Saturday, but the weekend’s result is hopefully a sign that the tide is turning.
Shrewsbury have been in a sticky run of form themselves in recent weeks with Saturday’s draw with AFC Wimbledon extending their winless run in all competitions to five matches.
Saturday 30th March 2019
Southend United 0-2 Shrewsbury Town
Okenabirhie 50’, Waterfall 69’
Ricky Duncan’s one game in caretaker charge of Southend United ended with a 2-0 defeat at home to Shrewsbury Town with goals from Fejiri Okenabirhie and Luke Waterfall the difference.
Okenabirhie got on the end of a one-two with Shaun Whalley to give the visitors the lead just after the interval before Waterfall nodded in James Bolton’s cross to secure Shrewsbury a vital away win.
Blues Team News
Gary Waddock is hopeful that full-back Nathan Ralph will be available for selection this evening after returning to training yesterday following a hamstring problem.
Should Ralph be available, he’ll be in the mix for selection along with Jason Demetriou who continued his return to full fitness by coming off the bench against Fleetwood at the weekend.
Midfielder Mark Milligan is also back in training after returning home from international duty with Australia early due to a hamstring injury, but he’s unlikely to be risked this evening.
Striker Sam Cummings is arguably the one to keep an eye out for this evening having scored within five minutes of making his debut at the weekend against AFC Wimbledon.
The former Hibs frontman has had a difficult pre-season, meaning he’s had to wait patiently for his Shrewsbury debut but he quickly showed what he’s capable of in front of goal.
And should he feature against Southend tonight, the 24-year-old will no doubt be wanting to make a similar impact to the one he made on Saturday on what would be his home debut.
James Adcock from Nottinghamshire will be tonight’s referee, being assisted by Shaun Hudson and Akil Howson with Robert Merchant acting as fourth official.
Adcock has overseen six games so far this season, showing 26 yellows and two reds, and most recently took charge of Gillingham’s 2-0 victory over Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.
Tonight will be the first time Adcock has refereed a match involving Southend in over three years, last taking charge of Blues for a 1-0 home defeat to Bradford back in April 2016.
Away Fans Guide
For those hardy Southend fans making the trip to Shropshire this evening, you will find yourselves in the Pro-Vision CCTV Stand at the Montgomery Waters Meadow, which has a capacity of 1,800.
The ground, which boasts the Football League’s only safe-standing area, has a total capacity of just under 10,000 and has been home of The Salop since 2007.
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 for this evening’s game went off pre-sale yesterday with Southend being given an initial allocation of 400 tickets for the clash at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.
Those who haven’t bought tickets in advance can still purchase tickets from the ground at no increased cost, but please be aware that these can be purchased with cash only.
iFollow Blues Live Stream
Watch Southend take on Shrewsbury Town live on iFollow.
Supporters in the UK can watch live on iFollow with a match pass costing £10. Overseas fans can purchase a match pass at the usual price of £5.