Southend United vs Carlisle United...
The Blues of Southend United welcome the Blues of Carlisle United to Roots Hall tomorrow afternoon (1pm kick-off) for the first game of an Easter double-header.
With everyone else in League Two playing today on Good Friday, Blues will be playing catch-up on their relegation rivals but will hope to be able to either maintain or close the gap further to safety.
The win over Harrogate last weekend had closed the gap to three points and Mark Molesley and his side will be desperate to build on that win with another maximum against the travelling Cumbrians.
Last weekend’s 1-0 win against Harrogate ended a run of seven games without a win for Blues, stretching back to February 24th when Southend overcame Forest Green.
Victory in North Yorkshire meant that Blues are now unbeaten in their last four after draws against Stevenage, Scunthorpe and Walsall, with Southend only losing one of their last six.
Carlisle beat Crawley in midweek to end a four-game winless run which had seen the Cumbrian’s lose all of their previous three against Cambridge, Leyton Orient and Stevenage.
Saturday 19th September 2020
Carlisle United 2-0 Southend United
Patrick 36’, Kayode 39’
A quick-fire double earned Carlisle a 2-0 win against Southend in front of 1,000 fans at Brunton Park when these two sides last met back in September.
In just one of seven games that were piloting the return of fans, Omari Patrick’s deflected effort set the Cumbrians on their way with Josh Kayode driving in a low effort three minutes later.
From The Boss
"They have a very dangerous front three. They were flying at the start of the season, but as everyone in ‘Covid season’ – apart from Man City – everyone’s had a bit of a stumbling block at some point in the season.
"They won again in midweek and have undoubted quality. They put the ball in your box a lot, they’ve got players who attack and get plenty of shots off, so we’ve got to be really on our guard.
"They’re one of the strongest attacking teams in the division so it’s going to be another tough challenge but one we’re relishing and can’t wait for."
Blues Team News
Captain John White will be absent on Saturday after picking up an arm injury on the stroke of half-time against Harrogate which is expected to keep him out for a couple of weeks.
Blues will continue to be without Sam Hart and Timothee Dieng, both of whom are suspended. Hart has two games remaining on his ban while Dieng will be serving the last of his two-game suspension.
Reeco Hackett-Fairchild is back in contention though after missing the trip to Harrogate with a back problem, with the midfielder returning to training this week.
Striker Offrande Zanzala has impressed at Carlisle since joining from Crewe in January and will certainly pose a big threat tomorrow afternoon.
The Congolese frontman started hitting his stride last month when the 24-year-old scored three goals in three games against Grimsby, Bradford and Mansfield.
All three goals were poachers finishes from in and around the six-yard box so Blues can ill afford to give him any space to pounce inside the penalty area tomorrow.
Alan Young will be in charge of proceedings this weekend, being assisted by Louis Marks and Andy Bennett, with Matthew Lee sitting in as the fourth official.
Young has officiated 26 games so far this season, showing an average of over four yellow cards a game having shown a total of 112 yellows so far this campaign but just the two reds.
It’ll be Young’s first visit to Roots Hall since January 2020 – a 0-0 draw against Tranmere – and his second Blues game of this season having reffed the Papa John’s Trophy tie with Colchester.
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