Southend United vs Plymouth Argyle
Southend will be looking to put last weekend’s thumping against Rotherham behind them as quickly as possible as they host newly promoted Plymouth Argyle tomorrow afternoon at Roots Hall.
Phil Brown’s side will be hoping for more of a Blackburn Rovers-like performance against the Pilgrims come Saturday, following back-to-back defeats in league and cup competitions.
Argyle returned to League One after promotion last season and have matched Blues’ record thus far with one win and one defeat against Charlton and Peterborough respectively.
And Derek Adams’ side is expected to be backed by over 1000 Argyle fans who’ll be making the trip across from the South West in the hope of seeing their side get their second straight league win.
Southend United: LLWWLD
Plymouth Argyle: DWLLDL
Last Three Encounters
10th January 2015: Southend United 0 vs 0 Plymouth Argyle
30th August 2014: Plymouth Argyle (Alessandra, Reid) 2 vs 0 Southend United
11th January 2014: Plymouth Argyle (Blizzard) 1 vs 1 (Hurst) Southend United
Nile Ranger returned to the club at the back end of last week but he isn’t expected to feature for the Blues for a while as he works on his fitness.
Long term absentees Ben Coker and Michael Turner continue to remain on the sidelines, along with Anthony Wordsworth who is expected to remain out for another couple of weeks at least.
Following last weekend’s defeat, Phil Brown may look to mix things up a bit with the likes of Stephen McLaughlin and Theo Robinson on hand for their first league starts of the season.
Oscar Threlkeld, who has missed the last couple of Argyle games through injury, is expected to be out for another 3-4 weeks after finding out he has a hairline fracture in his fibula.
Striker Ryan Taylor will also be missing for Argyle as he continues to recover from a broken ankle which is expected to keep him on the sidelines for around three months.
Graham Coughlan, Southend United Assistant Manager;
“We got tanked by Rotherham on Saturday and it happens throughout the season. It’s an eye-opener, but the players will lift themselves.
“They know it wasn’t good enough and wasn’t acceptable and they’ve put their own words and own spin on the result. Generally, the feeling from each and every player was the same.
“You just have to take a look at last season we went up to Sheffield United and smashed them, and they learned from it and came down here and that’s a lesson we can take on board.”
Derek Adams, Plymouth Argyle Manager;
"It's difficult to know what to expect. They had an excellent result against Blackburn. To beat a team that have just come down from the Championship shows you they are a good side at home.
"Against Rotherham, it could have been a freak result. They are a team that have done well in League One and have strengthened year on year.
"They look like a club which is ready to push on and try to get into those play-off positions."