Southend United v Aldershot Town…
Following a lengthy journey to West Yorkshire at the weekend, Southend United are back in familiar surroundings tonight as they welcome Aldershot Town to Roots Hall.
Phil Brown’s side slumped to a 3-1 defeat on Saturday as they were put to the sword by the Shaymen. Luckily for Blues they have a short turnaround to make amends.
Southend have certainly had to adjust to life in the fifth tier so far, having not tasted victory since opening day, but Brown’s men will be eyeing up three points against the slow-starting Shots this evening.
The two sides last met in April 2013 in a League Two clash, Southend wheeling away 2-0 victors, courtesy of second-half goals from Barry Corr and Britt Assombalonga.
Aldershot Town FC rose from the ashes of Aldershot Football Club, which went out of business in 1992.
They enjoyed successive promotions, propelling the club into the Football League in 2008; their EFL stay lasted for five years.
The Shots have remained in the National since their return in 2013, though they were agonisingly close to suffering relegation from the fifth tier in 2019, only saved by the administration of Gateshead.
Current manager Danny Searle joined the club at the conclusion of that season, replacing former Southend caretaker boss Gary Waddock at the helm.
Tuesday night’s visitors have suffered a very tough start to the 21/22 campaign.
Searle’s side have only experienced defeat so far this season, having played five league matches and falling short each time.
But the Shots’ opening fixtures have been tough.
They have already done battle with Boreham Wood, Chesterfield and Notts County, all sides sitting high in the early season standings.
They will be looking for their first points of the season as they make the trip to Roots Hall to face a Southend side who suffered their second defeat of the season on Saturday.
Brown’s side are winless in their last four matches, defeated by Stockport County and FC Halifax either side of their draws against Wealdstone and Wrexham.
From The Boss:
"The most important part of the training session was the talk", said Brown.
"It was all about what we wanted to achieve; if we want to go out there on a daily basis and just be mediocre or average, I don’t want players at this club who want just that. I was harsh with my words after the game on Saturday.
"I took the Echo in and I pinned it up on the noticeboard. My first question was, ‘do you want to play for the club?’ And, ‘do you want to play for me?’
"It was a unanimous yes. But it’s alright saying it, they’ve got to go and show that now. There needs to be a change in the thought process of how to win games of football at this level.
"You’ve got to be motivated and self-motivated at this level more than anywhere."
Blues’ Team News:
Steve Arnold missed out on Saturday due to a dislocated finger, and he is rated “50/50” for the clash at Roots Hall tonight. Phil Brown suggested that the shot-stopper may undergo an injection to return between the sticks against the Shots.
Abu Ogogo is also nearing a return to fitness, having been out for just over two weeks with a hamstring problem. The midfielder has also been rated with half a chance of featuring against Danny Searle’s side.
Matt Dennis, however, will remain out after pulling up with a hamstring issue in Saturday’s warm up.
He’s joined on the treatment table by Tom Clifford, who has yet to feature for the Blues this season.
Adrian Quelch will be taking charge of proceedings on the night.
It will be Quelch’s first visit to Roots Hall as referee.
In his two National League games so far this season, Quelch has issued five yellow cards and one red, coming on bank holiday Monday in August between Torquay and Woking.
Elsewhere in the National League:
Altrincham v King’s Lynn Town
Boreham Wood v FC Halifax
Chesterfield v Barnet
Dagenham and Redbridge v Weymouth
Eastleigh v Dover Athletic
Grimsby Town v Wrexham
Maidenhead United v Stockport County
Notts County v Wealdstone
Solihull Moors v Torquay United
Woking v Bromley
How to Follow:
Tickets are on sale for the game from the Blues Box Office online, on the phone (0344 477 0077) or in person. Tickets cost £20 for adults, £15 for concessions, £10 for juniors (9-16) and £5 for children (8 and under).
Blues fans unable to attend Roots Hall on Tuesday evening will still be able to follow all the live action by subscribing to Blues TV where you’ll get live match commentary from the BBC Essex team from all first-team matches this season.
Blues TV costs £4.49 per month or a one-off cost of £45 for the season, with your subscription not only giving you match commentary, but also exclusive access to extended match highlights, full pre-match press conferences, interviews, features and more.
You can also follow live minute-by-minute updates on social media via the Club’s official Twitter account by following @SUFCRootsHall on Twitter, which will ensure you get all the latest news and more throughout the 2021/22 season.