Southend United vs Accrington Stanley...
Southend United take on Accrington Stanley tomorrow afternoon at Roots Hall in the first of two huge home games for Chris Powell’s side.
Following last weekend’s defeat to Portsmouth, the Blues boss said that six points against Stanley and next week against Rochdale are a must following a run of just one league win in their last six.
The visitors Accrington too are in a sticky run of form in the league having failed to win any of their last six matches in League One, claiming just two points in that run.
But last weekend they looked to be on their way to a positive result against high-flying Sunderland before the game was abandoned and they’ll no doubt take confidence from that performance.
Southend United: LDLWLW
Accrington Stanley: DWLLLL
14th February 2015: Southend United (Corr) 1 vs 2 (Mingoia, Gornell) Accrington Stanley
9th August 2014: Accrington Stanley 0 vs 1 (Barnard) Southend United
21st April 2014: Southend United (Corr) 1 vs 0 Accrington Stanley
Southend’s abysmal luck with injuries continued last weekend as Michael Turner and Harry Bunn picked up injuries in the defeat to Portsmouth at Fratton Park.
That leaves Chris Powell with “11 or 12 first team players” which will give the likes of youngsters Isaac Hutchinson and Charlie Kelman a chance to be involved on Saturday.
Turner and Bunn join the likes of Jason Demetriou and Harry Lennon who are out with short-term issues alongside long-term absentees Ben Coker, Harry Kyprianou, Sam Barratt and Tom Hopper.
Accrington Striker Billy Kee had to be substituted at half-time of the abandoned game against Sunderland, so he may be a doubt for John Coleman’s side at the weekend.
Offrande Zanzala is also a doubt after picking up a knock against the Black Cats while Harvey Rodgers and Andy Mangan are both available again after returning to full fitness last weekend. Michael Ihiekwe is back after he missed the game against Sunderland.
Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:
"We know we aren't where we want to be and we want to be higher, but you know what, we're not even halfway through the season yet. Soon, but not yet.
"There's still plenty of games and points to play for. For us at this moment in time, it's about dealing with Accrington. Once the whistle blows, we'll see who's fit and who's come through unscathed and we'll look to the next game.
"There were things in the Portsmouth game which I knew we would have to improve on, but actually there was stuff in the game that was good. The response in the seccond half was good but the damage was done.
"We have to look to Accrington, a side who definitely at the start of the season had the momentum from last season's exploits, they were terrific last season. If we do it right on Saturday and apply ourselves we could find ourselves above them come 5 o'clock and that's what we'll be trying to do."
John Coleman, Accrington Stanley Manager:
“The table is tight and a couple of wins and we will be back in the mix but a couple of defeats and we will be looking below us,” said Coleman.
“It’s a busy period but we just have to take it one game at a time.
“It does show how tight the table is in that we have taken just a couple of points out of the last six games and we haven’t dramatically dropped down the table."