Fleetwood Town vs Southend United
Blues make the long trip up to Lancashire tomorrow afternoon as they take on Fleetwood Town in League One action, looking to put an end to their nine-game winless run.
The record books though suggest otherwise as on all four occasions that Southend have played at Fleetwood’s Highbury Stadium they have drawn, including last season’s 1-1 stalemate.
Despite improved performances, Southend haven’t been able to score a maximum since the opening day and they face a Fleetwood side looking to react to their 4-1 thumping away at Portsmouth.
Uwe Rosler’s ‘Cod Army’ have yet to taste defeat at home this season however with three wins and a draw from their four league games on home soil.
Fleetwood Town: LWDWLW
Southend United: DLLDLD
28th January 2017: Fleetwood Town (Ball) 1 vs 1 (Wordsworth) Southend United
27th August 2016: Southend United 0 vs 2 (Long, Hunter) Fleetwood Town
9th April 2016: Southend United (Barrett, Payne) 2 vs 2 (Grant, McLaughlin) Fleetwood Town
Josh Wright goes straight into the squad for the trip to Fleetwood having signed for the club last weekend following his release from Gillingham.
The former Gills midfielder played 75 minutes for Blues’ u23s in midweek and Brown may look to partner him with Anthony Wordsworth who made a scoring return last weekend.
Nile Ranger is available as his 7pm curfew ends today with John White returning to the squad after missing the last two matches with a groin strain.
Fleetwood will be without midfielder Kyle Dempsey as he serves a one-game ban after being sent off in last weekend’s 4-1 defeat away at Portsmouth.
Colin McAleny could play a part for Fleetwood as he is eased back into the side following a month out with an ankle injury. The striker played 45 minutes at Fratton Park last Saturday.
Phil Brown, Southend United Manager;
“I’m now getting the good kind of headaches and that’s who to pick not who’s coming out of the injury room.
“We’re going up to Fleetwood this weekend and there was a little bit of sabotage last time, with our bus at Fleetwood’s end, when we got off and there was nothing waiting for us, but this time we’ve changed our plans, and hopefully this time there will be a bus waiting for us when we get there.”
Uwe Rosler, Fleetwood Town Manager;
“I know Phil and especially Brian Horton – my former manager who signed me at Manchester City – and the games last season, especially at home, were very competitive.
“We was actually fortunate to get the equaliser which was a big point for us as it kept Southend at distance for the playoff places.
“Southend is a club with a different model to us, which is interesting. They are getting a lot of experienced players who are in their prime of their careers with a lot of games under their belt and have good game management. We are completely the opposite.”
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