Southend United face Peterborough United under the floodlights tonight at Roots Hall with Phil Brown's side aiming for another win at Roots Hall...
Both sides have seen a recent dip in form with Southend losing both their last two games, against Doncaster and Wigan. With Peterborough losing their four games, against Oxford, Oldham, Gillingham and Northampton in the Checkatrade Trophy last Tuesday. Could tonight be the turning point for Phil Brown’s side?
Last time out Blues drew 1-1 with Peterborough at Roots Hall on 1st October 2016.
Blues opened the scoring in the 78th minute when Anthony Wordsworth found the low cross of Simon Cox.
But it wasn’t enough to earn a win as Marcus Maddison scored the equaliser for the visitors in the 90th minute. Blues will be wishing for a win this time round.
Blues are unbeaten at Roots Hall in League One this season, a form which Brown is looking to continue. The manager is also "looking at the bigger picture" as he thinks “these two important games, none more so than the first one of course, will define our season.” And with both our next two games at home, Brown’s side will be aiming for another set of back to back wins.
Injuries still causing problems
Phil Brown's head will be hurting once again with a difficult decision ahead with who he plays at centre back, with Harry Kyprianou still out with an injury and captain Anton Ferdinand out for one more game, the only other option alongside John White is Ryan Leonard. Michael Turner was in training this week, which gives Brown another option to think about, but would it be a risk to give Turner his debut?
Finding the net
Both Simon Cox and Anthony Wordsworth have hit the back of the net three times so far in League One, with Wordsworth scoring three goals in six games since returning from injury, but with Ryan Leonard and Jason Demetriou both just one goal behind, both players will be looking to improve their form in front of goal. But which player/s will get on the score sheet tonight?