Southend United vs Accrington Stanley
Blues will be chomping at the bit to return to action following their first win of the season and they’ll be looking to build on that victory as they host Accrington Stanley at Roots Hall tomorrow.
Southend have won seven of the 16 meetings between the two sides and run out comfortable 3-0 winners the last time Stanley ventured south to Essex back in December.
Both sides have had a tough start to the campaign with each’s only league win, funnily enough, coming against MK Dons and both will be desperate to grab a second victory tomorrow afternoon.
Southend had a huge lift last weekend after picking up their first win of the season and their first clean sheet in eight months thanks to a 1-0 win away at MK Dons.
That win came off the back of a 4-3 defeat away to Shrewsbury for Blues, who’d picked up their first home point of the season thanks to a 3-3 draw with Fleetwood the weekend prior.
Accrington were unfortunate not to beat Blackpool last time out, conceding a late equaliser to draw 1-1, coming off the back of another 1-1 draw with Wycombe and a 3-1 defeat to Sunderland.
Saturday 23rd February 2019
Accrington Stanley 1-1 Southend United
Barlaser 60’; Humphrys 20’
Southend picked up a point on the road the last time these two sides met back in February, drawing 1-1 with Accrington at the Wham Stadium.
Stephen Humphrys gave Blues the lead but suffered a serious facial injury in scoring the goal as he collided with the ‘keeper before Dan Barlaser levelled matters for the home side on the hour mark.
Blues Team News
Sam Mantom and Stephen Humphrys are available again for selection tomorrow after both missed out on last weekend’s win at MK Dons due to a stomach virus.
Stephen McLaughlin was withdrawn against Dons thanks to a head injury, but he’s recovered and is available, while John White is out after having surgery on his broken arm in the week.
And Blues will assess defender Jason Demetriou who was absent against Dons. The Cypriot international has had on-going knee problems which will continue to be managed.
Long-serving midfielder Sean McConville is one to watch out for tomorrow afternoon for Accrington, especially if he gets any set-pieces within striking range.
When Blues last played Accrington back in February, McConville was a constant menace with his dead-ball delivery with the Liverpudlian scoring a career-best 15 goals for Stanley last term.
He’s yet to find the mark in the league so far this season, although he has grabbed one in the EFL Trophy, but his creativity on the ball will be something Blues need to be wary of.
Tomorrow’s game with Stanley will see referee Charles Breakspear take charge, assisted by Gregory Read and Aaron Farmer while Marc Wilson is in as fourth official.
Breakspear has taken control of eight matches so far this season and hasn’t been afraid to show a card or two, issuing five reds already this campaign along with 46 yellows.
Blues won both times Breakspear was in charge of them last season, with the Surrey referee in the middle for wins over Fleetwood in the league and Crawley in the Emirates FA Cup.
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