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Match Preview: Southend United to face Ipswich Town at Roots Hall

29 July 2014

Southend United welcome Ipswich Town to Roots Hall for their first home pre-season friendly of the 2014-15 campaign.

Striker Freddy Eastwood will return to Roots Hall for the final time, giving fans the chance to say goodbye to a legend of Southend United.

With a game on Wednesday against Queens Park Rangers, manager Phil Brown has explored a number of options as to how to get the best out of his squad.

Speaking on Monday, Brown said: “We’re looking at a couple of different things for the game on Tuesday. Some players might get 45 and then again on Wednesday against QPR.

“Others who need to get a full 90 minutes under their belt will get that chance against Ipswich or QPR, we’ll make a decision on that on Tuesday afternoon.

“These two games should be an excellent test for the players, up against quality opposition. Hopefully it will leave us in perfect shape for the start of the season.”

With Freddy set to return, Blues’ boss paid tribute to the striker, adding: “He was a pleasure to work with for the year and a bit that I spent with him at Roots Hall.

“I’m well aware of what he means to the supporters of this football club and it’s only right that he gets the send off he deserves.

“I hope supporters turn out in force to give him that big reception, because he deserves it. He’s been a fantastic servant to Southend United.”

Blues met the Tractor Boys in a friendly back in 2012 at Roots Hall, with Paul Sturrock’s side coming out 2-1 winners.

Kane Ferdinand and an own goal from Luke Chambers gave Blues a 2-0 lead with just 11 minutes on the clock.

Ipswich pulled one back when Mark Phillips’ back pass was missed by Daniel Bentley and rolled into an empty net, but the Championship side couldn’t find an equaliser.

In competitive games, Ipswich Town just edge the head-to-head record, winning 11 of the 31 meetings between the sides. Blues have won ten, while there have been ten draws.

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