Southend United vs MK Dons
Chris Powell will hope a return to Roots Hall will give his Southend side the impetus they need to return to winning ways as MK Dons roll into town tomorrow afternoon in our dedicated Retro Day.
The Blues boss was less than impressed following last weekend’s defeat at Oxford and he’ll be looking for a similar performance to that that blew Gillingham away last time they were at home.
MK Dons find themselves in a perilous position having lost their last three on the spin and they go into this weekend five points adrift of safety with games running out.
But Dons may take solace from the fact that this same weekend last year they came to Roots Hall and won, and Dan Micciche’s side will be keeping their fingers crossed for a repeat on Saturday.
Southend United: LLWLWD
MK Dons: LLLWDW
21st November 2017: MK Dons (Agard) 1 vs 1 (McLaughlin) Southend United
17th April 2017: Southend United (Cox) 1 vs 2 (Walsh, Reeves) MK Dons
22nd October 2016: MK Dons 0 vs 3 (Cox, Wordsworth 2) Southend United
Blues confirmed that they will be without defenders Michael Turner and captain Ben Coker, with both expected to be out for the remainder of the season after picking up thigh injuries.
Anton Ferdinand, Elvis Bwomono and Harry Kyprianou are all available to Chris Powell to fill those two berths in the back four, with Jason Demetriou versatile enough to play on either flank.
Sam Mantom has been rated as 50/50 after he missed the Oxford game, also with a thigh problem, while long-term absentees Ted Smith and Rob Kiernan remain sidelined.
Goalkeeper Lee Nicholls looks set to miss out again for MK Dons after picking up an injury against Wigan, leaving Wieger Sietsma to deputise between the sticks.
Dons have been boosted by the return of Marcus Tavernier who came off the bench against Doncaster and he’ll be pushing for a start, as will Josh Tymon and Osman Sow.
Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:
“I don’t want anyone thinking I’m here just because I’ve got a football club. I want us to achieve or strive to achieve, anyway. Not just - ‘we’ve lost a game and that’s it’ - No, you’ve got to strive to achieve now.
“Whether that comes in the next four games, I don’t know, I can’t predict that. But the squad and team next year will be hungry to achieve.
“I didn’t like it last week, the way we started. I understand that people are thinking about their futures, but the immediate future is MK Dons, after that Oldham, after that Bradford, and after that Bristol Rovers then that’s it. We’ll all sit down and deal with what is right for this football club going forward.”
Dan Micciche, MK Dons Manager:
“We’ve got to approach these games like we did last month when we were seven points adrift and we managed to turn that around, and it’s not different now.
“Obviously, we’ve made it more difficult for ourselves with the points we’ve dropped at home, which we should have picked up more points from. Being Portsmouth, being Blackpool, the Blackburn game and obviously last Saturday.
“I can’t affect that now, that’s gone, and we’re going to have to do it in a different way and I’m confident the players can do that.”