Salford City vs Southend United...
Southend United are on the road this evening as they make a trip to the North West and to the Peninsula Stadium to take on Salford City in League Two.
Both sides will be looking to bounce back after suffering defeats at the weekend in what will be the first-ever meeting between Southend and Salford.
And following the sacking of Graham Alexander last week, Paul Scholes will be in the dugout for the hosts with Blues travelling in the hope of getting one over on the Manchester United legend.
Blues are still yet to pick up a win this season after defeat by Cheltenham Town at the weekend extended Southend’s winless start to six matches.
Prior to that, Blues had put in positive displays in draws against Crawley Town and Exeter City having lost their opening three matches against Harrogate, Carlisle and Morecambe.
Salford too come into the game off the back of a defeat at the weekend, losing 1-0 to Port Vale, but they had been unbeaten in the league up to that point thanks to two wins and three draws.
From The Boss
"We always give the utmost respect to the teams that we’re playing.
"Salford are a very good side in this league, tipped to do very well.
"They’re well-run by some of the world’s best players in their time so they’re going to be well put together and a well-educated group.
"They started the season very well and they’re definitely going to be a tough challenge for us.
"We have to deal with their threats but also, off the back of Saturday, make sure we impact our game more because that was the disappointing thing from Saturday and that’s what we have to look to do, whether we’re at home or away.”
Blues Team News
James Olayinka is available to make his Southend debut this evening after arriving on loan from Arsenal late on Friday, but having signed too late to be involved for the Cheltenham game.
The 20-year-old is likely to be the only new face in the travelling squad with boss Mark Molesley not reporting any fresh injury concerns over the weekend.
John White, Alan McCormack and Simeon Akinola though are all still unavailable for Molesley as they continue to regain their fitness following niggling injuries.
Lewis Gard is a long term absentee following his knee injury sustained in the EFL Trophy against Portsmouth.
24-year-old striker James Wilson is one player that Southend players and fans alike should be keeping an eye out for this evening.
Wilson burst onto the scene at Manchester United where he scored twice on his debut at Old Trafford against Hull City and he made a similar impact when he arrived at Salford.
Joining in January from Aberdeen, Wilson scored twice on his debut against Plymouth and this season already has two goals to his name against Morecambe and Tranmere.
Tonight will see Carl Boyeson take charge of proceedings, with Conor Brown and Lisa Rashid as his assistants and Gary Hilton as the fourth official.
Boyeson has officiated six games so far this season, issuing 21 yellow cards and no reds thus far, with his last match being Peterborough’s 2-0 win over Oxford on Saturday.
Last time Boyeson oversaw Blues was in a 4-0 defeat to Peterborough last season, with his last trip to Salford ending in a 1-0 win for the home side against Cambridge United last October.
With fans still unable to attend matches in person, Blues fans can watch tonight’s clash with Salford by picking up a Match Pass for iFollow Blues for £10.
Overseas supporters can pick up a pass for just £7 with the pass allowing you to catch the game on your laptop, computer, tablet or mobile device.
For more information on how you can get your Match Pass and ensure you miss none of the action down at the Peninsula Stadium on iFollow Blues, click here.