Luton Town vs Southend United...
Blues go in search of back-to-back victories this evening as Chris Powell’s side travel to Kenilworth Road to take on newly-promoted Luton Town.
Last weekend saw Southend pick up their first victory of the campaign as goals from Tom Hopper and Simon Cox vanquished Bradford City at Roots Hall.
And Blues head to Luton for the first time in almost four years to take on a Hatters side who have yet to pick up a win since their return to League One.
Defeats away to Portsmouth and Peterborough bookended a creditable draw at home to Sunderland and Southend will be keen to ensure they’re not Luton’s first victims of the campaign.
Luton Town: LLDLWW
Southend United: WLDLDW
25th April 2015: Southend United (Timlin) 1 vs 0 Luton Town
11th October 2014: Luton Town (Lawless, Cullen) 2 vs 0 Southend United
29th November 2008: Southend United (Stanislas 2, Walker) 3 vs 1 (Spillane) Luton Town
Blues boss Chris Powell may look to name an unchanged starting 11 for the third league game in a row following Saturday’s 2-0 victory against Bradford City.
Both of Blues’ strikers scored in that win over the Bantams so they’re likely to retain their places ahead of Shawn McCouslky – who has yet to feature in the league for Blues – and Theo Robinson.
Certain absentees will be Sam Barratt and Harry Lennon, while Luke Hyam is also likely to miss out as he continues to recover from a hamstring problem.
Powell said there were a few "knocks and bruises" that will need to be shaken off from Saturday's win but nothing major, and Mark Oxley is OK after suffering from cramp in that game.
Luton will be without their experienced midfielder Alan McCormack after the Irishman picked up a calf injury in Saturday’s defeat to Peterborough United.
Glen Rea is expected to replace the injured McCormack, while fellow midfielder Luke Berry moves closer to a return to regular action having recovered from a dislocated ankle and fractured fibula.
Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:
“We will have to call on our energy and our reserves of energy to do our best to get a foothold in the game and be really diligent with and without the ball.
“We’ve been that way, but what has impressed me most about us is we’ve been creating chances, without really getting the amount of goals I think we should have converted from the chances we created.
“We’re going to have to earn the right to play football and I’m sure Luton Town will be the same.
Nathan Jones, Luton Town Manager:
"We will pick a side tomorrow that we feel can win the game. Some will be enforced changes – we have one enforced change. So whether we make changes or not, it will be for the good of Luton Town and that's what we're looking to do.
"I owe Chris quite a lot, to be honest, one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. Obviously, he's doing a really good job there, he did a good job when he was at Charlton, I loved working for him.
"He gave me a real opportunity there, I worked with Harty as well there, but Chris was a big influence on me. He gave me the autonomy and the decision-making mobility that I could control that group and I think I repaid him by producing players for his first team.”
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