Southend United vs Rotherham United...
Southend United play host to Paul Warne’s Rotherham United tomorrow afternoon as Blues boss Sol Campbell continues his search for a first league win under his stewardship.
The Millers are looking for an immediate return to the Championship after relegation from the second tier in the summer and they’re in touching distance of the top six going into Christmas.
Blues, on the other hand, are languishing down the bottom of the table and are desperate for a first home league win of the season to help kick start their campaign.
Despite a promising first-half against Bristol Rovers last weekend, Southend were unable to clinch just their second league win of the season as they fell to a 4-2 defeat against The Gas.
Defeat extended Blues’ winless run in League One to 12 matches, during which time they’ve only picked up two points from a possible 36.
Rotherham currently sit just a point outside the top six but their challenge for a play-off spot has been dealt a blow in recent weeks with back-to-back defeats to Portsmouth and Rochdale.
Saturday 24th March 2018
Southend United 2-0 Rotherham United
McLaughlin 7’, Cox 79’
Southend ended a run of three successive draws with a 2-0 win over Rotherham, with Stephen McLaughlin putting Blues in front after just seven minutes with a well-taken left-footed strike.
Rotherham would threaten in the second-half but couldn't find the breakthrough as Simon Cox ensured the points would go to the home side with a second for Blues late on.
Blues Team News
Sol Campbell is still waiting to hear the extent of the damage caused to Nathan Ralph after the full-back dislocated his shoulder in the 1-1 draw against Burton Albion, but he is expected to be ruled out for a number of months.
Tom Hopper is touch and go after suffering a gash in his leg which forced the frontman off early in the second-half against Bristol Rovers last weekend, with the striker needing stitches.
Harry Lennon, however, is available for selection again after a spell training with the u23s due to disciplinary reasons, bolstering Campbell’s options at the back.
Rotherham Danger Man
Freddie Ladapo is a man who Southend fans never got to see the best of in his time at Roots Hall, with his six-month loan spell in 2018 coming to an end without a single goal in 10 appearances.
Ladapo though found his scoring boots again last season, notching 19 times for Plymouth – including one at Roots Hall against Southend – meaning a number of clubs started courting the 26-year-old.
Rotherham were the ones to land the 6ft-striker and he’s already got 10 goals to his name this campaign, five of which have come in his last four appearances, making him tomorrow’s dangerman.
Charles Breakspear will take charge of Blues for a second time this campaign tomorrow, being assisted by Gregory Read and Oliver Jackson, while Marc Wilson fills in as the fourth official.
Breakspear, putting it lightly, isn’t afraid to flash a card or two. In the 17 games he’s officiated this season, the referee from Surrey has shown 82 yellow cards and 10 reds.
One of those reds came when Breakspear took charge of Blues’ 1-0 defeat to Accrington back in September where he sent Nathan Ralph off for a second bookable offence.
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