Southend United vs. Blackpool...
Blues make their first league appearance at Roots Hall tomorrow afternoon as they entertain visitors Blackpool in Sky Bet League One action.
After a narrow defeat to Coventry City last weekend, Kevin Bond’s side will be looking for their first win of the campaign and with it their first points of the season.
The Tangerines however are already up and running following an opening day win and they’ll be coming south from Lancashire in good spirits having won at Roots Hall last season.
As mentioned, Southend started the season with a 1-0 defeat against Coventry City last weekend but there were plenty of positives to take away from St. Andrew’s, despite the reversal.
Blues had three big chances in the second-half to nick a point or even more on the road against the Sky Blues and they’ll be looking at that as a foundation to build upon.
Blackpool came into the season off the back of three wins and three defeats in pre-season, but they got off to the perfect start last weekend with a 2-0 win against Bristol Rovers at Bloomfield Road.
Saturday 9th March 2019 – Bloomfield Road
Blackpool 2-2 Southend United
Gnaduillett 27’, Moore OG 90’; Kiernan 20’, Turner 48’
Taylor Moore’s injury-time own-goal meant Blues agonisingly dropped two points on the road in the game Blackpool had dubbed as “the homecoming” at a packed Bloomfield Road.
Rob Kiernan marked his return from long-term injury to put Blues in front before Armand Gnaduillett levelled. Michael Turner looked to have won it with a neat finish only for Moore’s OG to make it 2-2.
Blues Team News
After making an appearance off the bench last weekend, striker Simon Cox has trained all week as he continues to build his fitness, along with midfielder Timothee Dieng, who is back in the reckoning.
Jason Demetriou is close to a return, while fellow defender Rob Kiernan is out with ligament damage, although it’s not thought to be serious enough to keep him out long-term.
Liam Ridgewell is getting up to speed and could feature while another new signing Layton Ndukwu is pushing for his debut after signing on loan from Leicester City in the week.
Armand Gnanduillett has proven to be a thorn in Southend’s side on a number of occasions in recent memory and scored home and away against Blues last term.
The Frenchman is an imposing figure up front for the Tangerines, standing in at 6ft 4, and is a constant handful for opposing defences to combat.
Gnanduillett scored a late winner against Southend on his last visit to Roots Hall and was the club’s top goalscorer last campaign, which makes him the one to look out for on Saturday.
Kevin Johnson will be the man in the middle on Saturday having refereed last weekend’s League Two encounter between Salford City and our Carabao Cup opponents Stevenage.
Johnson took charge of three Blues matches last season, the most recent of which being the 3-0 home defeat against Barnsley back in March where he showed a straight red card to Jacob Brown.
Last season, Johnson officiated 42 matches – mostly across League One and Two – issuing 130 yellow cards and six reds.
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