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Five things to look out for: Bury (H)

20 October 2017

Southend United face Bury tomorrow at Roots Hall with both sides eager to start a run of consistent form...

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Blues are unbeaten at Roots Hall in League One this season, and the last time Bury won a game at Roots Hall dates back to 2003. In total Bury have won just three games against Southend at Roots Hall a record Phil Brown will be hoping to continue.

Bury’s return

Last time out Blues won 1-0 against Bury at Roots Hall on the final day of the season, a day that was filled with excitement as the final play-off place was to be decided between two fixtures, Southend’s and Millwall’s. The day started well as Blues scored early on and it proved to be enough to seal the win. The stadium was motionless as fans waited for the final whistle at the Memorial Stadium, but Millwall scored in the 85th minute to claim the last spot meaning Blues missed out on a place in the play-offs.


Bury have won three games in the league so far with all of them being home fixtures, a form which continues from the end of last season. The last time Bury won on the road in the league was back on 25th February 2017 when the Shakers beat Charlton 1-0. Will Phil Brown’s side be able to continue their bad run of homesickness?

Returning players

Phil Brown has been given a boost ahead of tomorrow’s game with the return of injured players. Michael Kightly has been in training this week after recovering from his hamstring injury that has seen the midfielder sit out since the beginning of September. Michael Turner has also returned to training with the defender ahead of his expected return. Will Brown risk the two players or will he stick with his XI?

On fire up front

Both teams have scored the same amount of goals in the league (17), with Blues' top scorers of Simon Cox and Anthony Wordsworth both on three goals and Bury’s top scorer Jermaine Beckford on eight goals with the experienced forward scoring six goals in his last seven games. Beckford is certainly a danger man in the ranks of Clark’s XI and Brown’s side will certainly be well aware of what dangers he brings to the park.

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