Kevin Bond will take charge of his first Southend game since his appointment this week and we have picked out three key players that Joey Barton is likely to field against Blues...
Fleetwood's top scorer this season has bagged 18 goals in all competitions (14 in Sky Bet League One). The 29-year-old has bagged a goal every 184 minutes in the league and has been tallying up the assists this season, setting up a total of eight goals for Barton’s side.
Madden isn’t just a threat up top for his team, but also when it comes to playing Southend with the striker bagging four goals in his six matches against Blues, making him a serious threat in the side.
Academy graduate Ashley Hunter is right at the top of the assist table for the Cod Army with nine assists to his name since the start of the season. The 23-year-old forward hasn’t hit double figures yet this season (eight goals) but will be aiming to reach that target come to the end of the season.
Sheffield United loanee Ched Evans is yet another Fleetwood player that is on form this season, bagging 14 goals in 36 games spread across all competitions (13 league).
The former Manchester City forward hasn’t been scoring consistently in the past few games, but that doesn’t mean that he won’t be getting his body into awkward places and causing Blues some trouble after 3pm on Saturday.