We look ahead to Blues' Sky Bet League Two game against Exeter City at Roots Hall
After a disappointing start to their season, Exeter City have picked up a good bit of form in recent weeks to haul themselves clear of the relegation spots somewhat.
The Grecians began their campaign with a good point against Portsmouth in a 1-1 draw, but then suffered consecutive defeats to local rivals Plymouth Argyle and Burton Albion.
City then drew with York and lost to Northampton and Mansfield before drawing with Oxford United.
However, Paul Tisdale's side finally earned their first win in Sky Bet League Two at the eighth time of asking as they beat Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium.
The win against the U's kickstarted the campaign and they followed this up with good victories over Tranmere Rovers, Bury and Dagenham & Redbridge.
This form led to Tisdale being nominated for the Manager of the Month Award for September, and Exeter then lost to Hartlepool United at home last week.
Referee: Philip Gibbs
Assistants: Alan Dale and David Rock
Fourth Official: Robert Whitton
The Inside View
Phil Brown: “I want to see improvement from the Luton result. We’ve certainly worked on the mistakes and learned from them. Ryan Leonard will play some part in the game against Exeter. The players have to rely on each other when they go across the white line."
Paul Tisdale: “Both of the games when we’ve been there in the last couple of years have been very close and have been decided at the end of the game. I can remember Barry Corr scoring against us and a winner in the last five minutes two years ago, and then of course last year we won it ourselves.”
The Previous Five Meetings
March 2010 – Southend United 0-0 Exeter City
September 2012 – Southend United 2-1 Exeter City
January 2013 – Exeter City 3-0 Southend United
November 2013 – Exeter City 0-2 Southend United
February 2014 – Southend United 2-3 Exeter City
The Overall Record
Southend United wins – 44; Draws – 36; Exeter City wins - 41
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