Southend United vs Morecambe...
Southend United are back in League Two action this weekend looking for their first points of the campaign as they entertain Derek Adams’ Morecambe tomorrow afternoon.
The travelling Shrimps have an impressive record against Blues so they’ll come to Roots Hall full of confidence despite a couple of recent heavy defeats in league and cup.
Mark Molesley’s side have picked up just one win in 11 previous meetings with Morecambe – a 3-0 FA Cup victory in 2013 – and he’ll be desperate to see his side get off the mark on Saturday.
Blues go into this weekend off the back of a 2-0 defeat to Carlisle United last Saturday, Southend’s fourth successive defeat in all competitions.
Prior to the reversal in Cumbria, Blues were on the wrong end of defeats to Harrogate in the league, West Ham’s u21s in the EFL Trophy and Gillingham in the Carabao Cup.
Morecambe make the journey south after two chastising defeats. The Shrimps lost 5-0 at home to Cambridge last weekend and in midweek were beaten 7-0 by Newcastle in the Carabao Cup.
Saturday 2nd May 2015
Morecambe 3-1 Southend United
Redshaw 4’, Wildig 54’, Devitt 66’; Payne 10’
It was heartbreak for Blues last time these two sides met as Morecambe beat Southend 3-1 to prevent Phil Brown's side from gaining automatic promotion to League One on the final day of the 14/15 season.
Jack Payne cancelled out Jack Redshaw’s early strike before goals from Aaron Wildig and Jamie Devitt condemned Southend to the play-offs, and we all remember how that turned out!
From The Boss
"We’ve had a good week’s training and we’re always looking to improve. We’re a work in progress and we’ve got to keep progressing, keep improving and that’s what we work hard every day to do.
"[Morecambe] had a good win on the opening day of the season but obviously lost the last couple. Sometimes a wounded animal is a dangerous animal so we will give them the respect they deserve.
"There’s no easy game in this league and it’ll be a tough afternoon, but we’ve got to make sure we go and impact them with our game."
Blues Team News
Mark Molesley kept his cards close to his chest yesterday when discussing availability, saying “possibly” to the prospect of some returning faces this weekend.
Timothee Dieng (calf) and John White (hamstring) have both been absent as of late and will hope that they can prove their fitness in time to face Morecambe on Saturday.
New signing Simeon Akinola is unlikely to feature as he continues to build his fitness, while it’ll be the first return to Roots Hall for Alan McCormack who re-joined Blues last week.
Youngster Adam Phillips is certainly one to look out for tomorrow afternoon having already scored twice this season for Morecambe.
The 22-year-old midfielder is currently on loan from Burnley and is into his second loan spell with The Shrimps after scoring four times in just 11 appearances for them last season.
Phillips is comfortable either in a sitting role or an attacking role in central midfield, where he was deployed last season, and he will be a key threat for Morecambe tomorrow.
Following a late change, Charles Breakspear will come in to officiate tomorrow afternoon, being assisted by Matthew Lee and Geoffrey Russell, with Stephen Brown his fourth official.
Breakspear is partial to dishing out a few cards and last season he averaged just under five cards a game after issuing 140 yellow cards and 12 reds in just 32 matches.
This season has been no different with the Surrey-born ref showing 11 yellows and two reds in his four matches so far, his most recent of which was Stevenage’s 3-0 win over Oldham.
With fans still unable to attend matches in person, Blues fans can watch tomorrow’s clash with Morecambe by picking up a Match Pass for iFollow Blues for £10.
The Match Pass allows you to catch the game on your laptop, computer, tablet or mobile device and Season Card holders have been sent their unique access codes.