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Match Preview: Southend United vs. Plymouth Argyle

9 January 2015

A match preview ahead of Southend United's game against Plymouth Argyle.

The Lowdown

Blues take on fellow play-off side Plymouth Argyle at Roots Hall on Saturday knowing a win can take Phil Brown's side five points ahead of John Sheridan's men.

It promises to be an exciting game against an Argyle side who sit one place and two points behind Southend in seventh place.

The Pilgrims have registered impressive victories over the likes of Exeter City, Luton Town, Shrewsbury Town, Portsmouth and Northampton Town, amongst others, and many expect Sheridan's side to be up there come the end of the season.

The Officials

Referee: Darren Handley
Assistant Referee: Mathew Buonassisi and Carl Fitch
Fourth Official: Sam Purkiss

The Inside View

Graham Coughlan: ““Although Plymouth are a big side, they’re in League Two for a reason. Saturday should have a bit of an edge to it. If we win, we can go five points clear of them. It would be nice if some teams could come to Roots Hall and go toe-to-toe with us and give us a real good game.”

John Sheridan: “Our home form has been very good, but with our away form: if we can pick up points and be a bit more ruthless, we possibly could have had more points. There is no point going back and talking about it. We have got to push on, because if we can pick up points away from home we know are strong at home, and confident of winning games at home.”

The Previous Five Meetings

August 2014: Plymouth Argyle 2-0 Southend United
January 2014: Plymouth Argyle 1-1 Southend United
August 2013: Southend United 1-0 Plymouth Argyle
March 2013: Southend United 0-2 Plymouth Argyle
September 2012: Plymouth Argyle 1-1 Southend United

The Overall Record

Southend United wins: 21
Draws: 24
Plymouth Argyle wins: 21

The Betting

Click here for a betting preview of the game.

The Tickets

Click here for ticket information for the match.

The Programme

Click here for a brief look at what's in the edition of 'Blues'.

The Game

Keep up-to-date with the game on Twitter and Facebook. Follow @SUFCRootsHall for full updates on Twitter, while there’ll be key moment updates on our Facebook page: SouthendUnitedFC.

The Commentary

Listen to exclusive commentary of Saturday’s game on Blues Player with BBC Essex. To sign up, or listen, click here.


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