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Chris Powell's first game in charge, a question of who's starting and fresh legs in the opposition

5 Things To Look Out For

26 January 2018

Tomorrow football returns to Roots Hall as Blues take on fourth placed Scunthorpe United...

Here are five potential talking points heading into tomorrow’s game against Scunthorpe United at Roots Hall.

Chris Powell era begins

Where else to start? The former Blues and England left back takes charge of his first Southend game.

It’s just short of a year since Powell was last in the dugout at DerbyCounty and he will be hoping to get off to a perfect start with three points against play-off chasing Scunthorpe.

It’s a tough start to his managerial career at Roots Hall, though, with Peterborough and Wigan to follow after the Iron.

Who starts?                                                     

A new Manager will always bring new ideas so the team selection is an obvious talking point.

Injury-wise, Josh Wright and Anthony Wordsworth are still short for tomorrow but Michael Turner could be available to Powell.

Make sure you’re checking our social media channels at 2pm on Saturday to find out who will be the 11 chosen.

14 days without a game

The disappointment of last week’s postponement at Rochdale means Blues haven’t played since the 2-1 defeat to FleetwoodTown.

Much has gone on in the intervening weeks ahead of the visit of Graham Alexander’s side.

But only time will tell whether a weekend without a game turns into a positive in the long run.

A week of rest may not have been a bad thing, despite the frustrations of the Rochdale postponement.

Home turf

Blues may not have the upper hand in terms of games won between the two sides but they have an advantage when at home against the Iron.

We have played Scunthorpe at home 24 times since our first ever meeting back in 1964, winning 13, drawing six and losing seven games.

In the last five meetings at home Blues have lost once, in 2013, and the most recent win came in a 3-1 victory last season.

Fresh Legs

Scunthorpe United have brought in three new faces during the January transfer window, all of them signing on loan deals.

Cameron McGeehan joined from Barnsley, Ryan Yates signed NottinghamForest and a familiar face amongst Iron fans is the returning Ivan Toney who made 17 appearances for Scunthorpe last season, scoring seven goals in the process.

McGeehan and Toney have already made two appearances since signing, both making substitute appearances in Scunthorpe’s 3-1 loss to Gillingham last weekend and the 1-1 draw with Doncaster earlier on in the week.


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