Southend United vs Peterborough United...
Southend United entertain Peterborough United this evening under the lights at Roots Hall with both sides on the lookout for their first league win of the season.
Blues boss Kevin Bond expects to see a reaction from his side after they were beaten by Lincoln while Posh will be wanting to build on their 2-2 draw at home to Ipswich on Saturday.
Peterborough did the league double over Southend last season and were hotly-tipped to challenge for promotion this campaign, so they’ll give a tough test of Blues’ credentials this evening.
Blues have had a poor start to the season and Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Lincoln meant Southend are yet to pick up a point from their opening three games of the League One campaign.
Prior to Saturday, Kevin Bond’s side had tasted defeat against Coventry and Blackpool, but Blues had progressed in the Carabao Cup after a come-from-behind victory over Stevenage.
Peterborough haven’t faired much better than Southend and have just one point from their opening three league games, which came following a 2-2 draw at home to Ipswich on Saturday.
Saturday 23rd March 2019
Peterborough United 2-0 Southend United
Maddison 41’, White 58
Chris Powell’s reign as Southend United manager was brought to an end following a 2-0 defeat to Peterborough United at the ABAX Stadium.
Marcus Maddison’s superbly struck free-kick before the break put Posh in front before Maddison turned provider when another free-kick was parried to Ben White who nodded in to secure the win.
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Southend picked up no fresh injuries in the weekend defeat to Lincoln. Ethan Hamilton came on as a substitute at half-time at Sincil Bank and will be pushing for his first start after joining on loan.
Layton Ndukwu is another loanee looking for his first start having made a couple of substitute appearances while Brandon Goodship is also an option on the wing having returned from injury.
Jason Demetriou is getting closer to a return but isn’t expected to be available tomorrow, while Harry Lennon, who missed out Saturday with a head injury, could be back available tonight.
Ivan Toney was Peterborough’s top goalscorer last season and he’s already got his eye in this campaign with two goals from their opening three league games, making him one to watch tonight.
Toney was subject to a big-money bid from Charlton over the summer but Peterborough held firm, knowing how big of an influence the striker could be to their own aspirations this season.
And the former Newcastle United man has had some success against Southend in the recent past, scoring for Wigan against Blues in 2017 before scoring the winner for Posh at Roots Hall last season.
Alan Young will take control of tonight’s encounter and will be assisted by Paul Lister and Stephen Finch, with Stephen Brown on hand as the fourth official.
Young has taken charge of three games so far this season, issuing 15 yellow cards and one red, and showed an average of over four yellow cards a game in the 35 games he took charge of last season.
Tonight’s man in the middle was also ref last time Southend and Peterborough met back in March, with Young last taking charge at Roots Hall for last season’s 3-0 home win over Walsall.
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