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Match Preview: Dave Penney looking forward to night under the lights on Friday

19 December 2014

Southend United assistant manager Dave Penney is looking forward to what should be an 'open game' when Burton Albion visit Roots Hall on Friday night.

The Brewers find themselves in second place in the Sky Bet League Two table, and Penney is aiming to see Blues bounce back from last week's disappointment at Wycombe Wanderers.

“We were disappointed with the result at Wycombe. We were a bit open trying to get back into the game,” Penney reflected.

“But we're back in there. It's another tough game against Burton but we're looking forward to it. You can see what a good job Gary Rowett did there and for the last three years or so they've been up there in the play-off places. It will be a good test for us and I'm sure it will be an open and entertaining game.”

Penney says there is good news on the injury and suspension front, with the likes of Ben Coker and John White recovering well from their lay-offs.

“Adam Thompson is back from suspension and John White should be okay for the game. 

"Jerome (Binnom-Williams) will miss out for three games now, and Ben Coker is very close, which is great news. Fitness-wise, he's been very good for the last couple of months. He's played some behind closed doors matches but he's been signed off by his specialist.

“Jakub Sokolik has returned to Yeovil for rehab on his injury – he'll be out for two or three months. It's unfortunate.”

And Penney prefers nights under the lights at Roots Hall, with the assistant says it benefits Blues both on and off the pitch.

“We love Friday nights at home. We haven't had enough Friday night games, in my opinion. It should be a good atmosphere with a good side coming here.

“You can get in front, in terms of the games coming up, but you can also pick up a game on the Saturday for scouting, so it works for us.”

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