Rochdale vs Southend United
Southend United begin life post-Phil Brown with a massive six-pointer against Keith Hill’s Rochdale at the Crown Oil Arena tomorrow afternoon.
Brown was placed on gardening-leave following a run of just one win in nine matches, with the Club’s Academy Manager Ricky Duncan and u23s boss Kevin Maher put in caretaker charge.
Blues sit just two points above the relegation zone and can ill afford another defeat, especially against a Rochdale who sit 22nd in the table, seven points from safety.
Rochdale have notched just four league wins this season but have the joint highest number of draws with 10, including when these two sides last met in a 0-0 draw back in September.
Southend United: LLLLWL
2nd September 2017: Southend United 0 vs 0 Rochdale
14th January 2017: Southend United (Fortune, Cox) 2 vs 1 (Andrew) Rochdale
8th October 2016: Rochdale (Canavan, Andrew, Mendez-Laing) 3 vs 0 Southend United
Michael Turner is a doubt for tomorrow’s trip to Spotland after he limped off with a calf problem early on in the defeat to Fleetwood Town last weekend.
Should he not be fit, that’ll give a chance to John White or Harry Kyrpianou to fill in at centre-half whilst Jason Demetriou, Ben Coker and Stephen Hendrie will vie for the full-back roles.
Josh Wright continues his recovery from a hamstring strain whilst fellow midfielder Anthony Wordsworth could miss out again having sat out last weekend’s defeat with a calf injury.
Rochdale have strengthened their squad ahead of Southend’s visit by signing youngsters Mihai Dobre and Sam Hart on loan from AFC Bournemouth and Blackburn Rovers respectively.
Dobre is a Romanian u21 international midfielder with Hart a 21-year old defender and both are available for selection tomorrow having joined until end of the season.
Ricky Duncan & Kevin Maher, Southend United Caretaker manager's
Ricky: "I have been here for 12 years, coming into my 13th season and I have seen us go up and down and play all types of football, I believe that we have just hit a bad patch and we have to get out of it, it’s as simple as that. There’s still enough games to go and if you look at the league it’s a tight league and we just need to start putting points on the board."
Kevin: "No, you know this team got promoted into this league a couple of years ago, and last season we missed out on the play-offs by one point which means something was going right and I think we have played a lot of successful football, we are just going to prepare the team to perform at their best."
Prices are as follows;
Adults - £22
Seniors (65+) - £16
Young person (21 and under) - £16.00
Junior (16 and under) - £5.00
2 and under tickets are free of charge – please note these tickets will only be available from the Main Ticket Office either in person, via phone on 08444 770077 or Online.
Disabled supporters are charged the age relevant category with a free of charge carer if required.
Wheelchair tickets are charged at the concessionary price £16.00 with the carer being free of charge.
There is no price increase when purchasing on the day and tickets will be available for collection from 1pm on the day at the Ticket Collection Cabin which is located next door to the community office, facing the 5 aside pitch.
Rochdale will also have cash turnstiles in the Willbutts Lane (Away End) and their ticket office will be open from 9am for those who wish to purchase tickets by card.