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Blues' new signings, Chris Powell's first away game and Fortune's form against the Posh

2 February 2018

Blues travel up to the ABAX Stadium tomorrow to face eighth placed Peterborough…

Here are five potential talking points ahead of the weekend’s Sky Bet League One fixture.

Blues Recruits

Chris Powell brought in three new players during deadline day, signing two on loan and one on a permanent deal.

Spurs youngster Shayon Harrison became Powell’s first signing, the striker joins Blues on loan for the remainder of the season.

Freddie Ladapo left Crystal Palace to join Blues on a six-month deal, with an option of a year extension. The striker played for Oldham and Shrewsbury last season.

Scunthorpe loanee Sam Mantom, became Blues’ last signing on deadline day, the midfielder has over 100 games experience in League One.

Peterborough’s recruits

The Posh not only managed to hold onto the league’s top scorer Jack Marriot, but also added to their firepower by bringing in three players, including Omar Bogle from Cardiff City on deadline day.

George Cooper joins Peterborough from League Two side Crewe Alexandra after a number of impressive performances down the left-hand side.

Joe Ward made the move up two leagues after signing from National League side Woking FC. The right-winger scored seven goals for his previous club, with the 22-year-old hitting form at the start of the season scoring three goals in three games.

Omar Bogle made the deadline day move to Peterborough from Cardiff City, securing a loan deal that will keep the forward at the ABAX Stadium to the end of the season. Bogle has only played 12 games this season but has scored three goals this season.

Chris Powell’s first away game

Last weekend Chris Powell started his life as Blues Manager in the perfect way, guiding Southend to a 3-2 victory over Scunthorpe.

But tomorrow’s game will provide a different challenge, one that Blues have faced all season, earning points on the road.

Blues have won just eight points out of a possible 42 when travelling this season, missed points which have placed Southend in the bottom half of the table this season.

However, with Powell winning his first game in charge Blues now have a morale boost that could spur the team onto their first victory away from home since 28th October 2017, when Blues beat Walsall 1-0.

Fortune’s form against the Posh

Blues forward Marc-Antoine Fortune has played against Peterborough three times in the league since his arrival last summer.

The number 9 has found his form against the Posh scoring two goals in his last two games, with the only other current Blues player matching Fortune’s goal tally being Anthony Wordsworth, who will miss tomorrow’s game due to a calf problem.

The last time out

The last time Blues visited the ABAX Stadium in the league saw Southend thrash Peterborough 4-1 thanks to goals from Jason Demetriou, Marc-Antoine Fortune, Anthony Wordsworth and Michael Timlin. This result was a repeat of Blues 4-1 win over the Posh from 1985.


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